Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New-Student Yoga Class Special!

Purna Yoga East is running a new student yoga class special. New students can buy a 3-class pass for only $25.00 that's valid for 21 days. Purna Yoga East offers day and evening classes 7 days a week. Choose from 20 ongoing yoga classes and nine Yoga Alliance-Registered Yoga Teachers. Pick the class and time that's right for you. Students who have never done yoga before or are just beginning a yoga practice should attend the Level 1 and Level 1-2 classes. View the complete schedule and purchase your yoga class pass online at
Purna Yoga East is Clayton's yoga studio located in the heart of downtown!

107 East First Street
Clayton, NC 27520

Thursday, July 22, 2010

An "Incredible" Way To Spend A Lazy Sunday

The Lazy Sundays Cinema At The Center film series closes this Sunday, July 25, at 3 p.m. with a showing of Disney Pixar's The Incredibles (PG). This 2004 animated action adventure follows a family of undercover superheroes who, while trying to live a quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Admission is an INCREDIBLE $2.50. Popcorn, water, soda and other concessions will be for sale beginning 30 minutes prior to the movie. Concession proceeds benefit Clayton Youth Theater.

The Capital Bank and Parrish, Pulleyn & Young Wealth Management, Inc., Lazy Sundays Cinema At The Center film series is co-presented by The Clayton Center and Ava Gardner Museum.

Work Near on Massive Street Improvements - Some in Downtown District

Work is expected to begin in a few weeks on the first phase of a massive resurfacing program that will mean better streets and more sidewalks all over town.

The second phase--which includes streets that also need new water lines, sewer lines or storm drainage--will be tackled later.

The Fred Smith Company was awarded a $854,412 contract this week to begin the Phase One work.

"We regret any inconvenience this might cause for our residents, but our streets have needed work for quite a while," said Mayor Jody McLeod. "We're happy that we're able to get this done at a time when we can get good value for our dollars."

The work is being financed through $3 million in bond money set aside for streets in a recent issue that also raised $4 million for parks. The bonds were approved by voters a couple of years ago, with the streets portion getting nearly 80 percent of the vote. The engineering part of the project is almost complete, and officials expect to put the project out for competitive bids later this month.

Town Manager Steve Biggs said streets that need simple resurfacing will be on "a faster track" than those that require utility upgrades as well. A few of the town's worst streets won't get help in this round of work, though. Public Works & Utilities Director Tim Simpson said rebuilding those streets "would eat up the budget" quickly and severely narrow the scope of the work. Instead, he said, the town's worst streets will be upgraded later as special projects.

For a complete rundown of which streets are included in the two phases of work, please click here: Phase One   Phase Two

For a look at streets with a rating of "Poor to Very Poor" that will be included in special projects later, please click here: Poor to Very Poor

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Get Involved!

Do you or someone you know want to be more involved in the community? Then consider the opportunities serving on a Town board or committee could provide. The Clayton Town Council is looking for citizens to serve on the following advisory boards and committees:

Board of Adjustment

Downtown Development Association (also known as DDA)

Clayton Library Board

Planning & Zoning Board

Clayton Recreation Advisory Committee

Fire Advisory Board

Public Arts Advisory Board

Appointments are made by the Town Council when vacancies occur or when terms of service expire.

Information about the Town boards and committees and an application are available on the Town’s website at:, and go to the Our Government tab.

If you do not have access to the Internet and would like additional information or an application, you may contact Town Clerk Sherry Scoggins at 919.553.5002.

Citizens wishing to be considered for an appointment to a Town board or committee are encouraged to return a completed application to the Town Clerk by close of business on Monday, August 9, 2010.

Fancy That! After Hours Pink Tag Sale & Jewelry Trunk Sale - Thursday!

On July 22nd from 5:30 to 8:00pm, Fancy That will be hosting an after hours PINK TAG Preview SALE and a Susan G. Williams JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW!!!

Come meet Susan, the designer and our very own local sales rep, Cindy Dray! Susan has been creating beautiful jewelry designs since 2003 and shares her creations with boutiques all across the country. Best of all, not only are her creations made in the US, but her company is based in Cary, NC! Susans designs range from casual pieces, to elegant evening wear. She also provides a selection of team spirit, cancer awareness and customized pieces for bridesmaids and flowers girls, as well as the bride!

Fancy That customers attending the trunk show will get to be the FIRST to get a SNEAK PEEK at her new Fall creations! Also, there will be a drawing for one lucky customer to WIN a necklace and ear ring set. Susan is offering a 10% discount on all purchases during the trunk show only. With your jewelry purchase you will also receive a special Fancy That coupon good for your next visit!

Attend the trunk show and be the first to get in on Fancy Thats first annual PINK TAG SALE!!! Two and a half hours of fun, drawings, Summer refreshments (Pink lemonade of course, and Fancy That Cheesecake by Sherrys Signature Cheesecakes) AND EXTRA SAVINGS throughout the whole store! Sale starts for the general public Friday, July 23rd.

Look forward to seeing you on Thursday!!!

Thank you for shopping at Fancy That, we truly appreciate your business!

Fancy That Gift Boutique

120 East Main Street

Clayton, NC 27520

(919) 550-2946

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Clayton Police Will Move to Temporary Quarters July 24, 2010

The Clayton Police Department will be moving on Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 201 S. Barbour Street to a temporary headquarters at 9933 Hwy 70W Business. All telephone numbers and email contacts will remain unchanged.

Our plan is to close for business on Friday evening, July 23rd on Barbour Street and reopen for business on Monday morning, July 26th on Hwy 70. We will remain at the temporary headquarters for approximately 12 to 18 months until the new downtown station is completed at our permanent site.

Both before and after the relocation, the Police Department business office will remain open during normal hours (8:00 am until 6:00 pm – closed on weekends and holidays). However, there may be some reduced business services on Friday, July 23rd, as the telephones and computer systems are relocated by Information Technology personnel.

Of course, 24/7 patrol operations and 9-1-1 telephone services will continue as always, without interruption.

Central Park Band a Hit at Town Square Concert!

Nearly a thousand people showed up at the Town Square Concert last Thursday night to enjoy the music of the Central Park Band. For more pictures visit Facebook at Downtown Clayton NC

Next concert is Band of Oz on July 29 from 7 pm - 9 pm!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Town Square Concert Thursday Night!!

Clayton's own CENTRAL PARK BAND will perform at the Clayton Town Square Concert Series on Thursday, July 15 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm! DON'T MISS IT! 

Refreshments include beer, wine and water from the Downtown Development Association, pizza slices, hot dogs and more from Venero's Pizza; Domenic's Italian Ice, DD&J's Kettle Corn, homemade ice cream from the Clayton Historic Assocation and "Walking Tacos" from the DDA (ya gotta try it!). Also, doggie treats and water for our four-legged friends provided by Robinson Animal Hospital.

Several downtown restaurants offer pre-concert dinner specials, including The Flipside at 408 E Second Street, Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E Main Street, Mulberry on Main Italian Restaurant, 217 E Main Street as well as Festejos Mexican Grill, 905 E Main Street, Lucky Chicken Peruvian Restaurant, 226 E Main Street and Main Street Seafood Restaurant, 312 E Main Street.

Sponsors of the 2010 Town Square Concert Series are: The Town of Clayton, Clayton Downtown Development Association, Clayton Glass & Mirror, Time Warner Cable, Clayton News Star, Clayton Steakhouse, Four Oaks Bank and Hometowne Realty and Talecris!

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for this “free” public concert. 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Harbor Inc Needs Infant & Baby Supplies

Harbor, Inc is in need of baby items.

There have been many infants and children in the shelter in the past few weeks and supplies are low.

Items needed:

• Baby bottles

• Bottle cleaners

• Bulb-suction/nose syringes

• Johnson's Baby Wash (or generic)

• Onesies size 6-12 months

• Clothes size 6-12 months (gently worn or new)

• Diapers - sizes 2, 3, 4

• Baby wipes

Your donations can be dropped off at the Carolina Center for Drug and DNA Testing (office of Sherry Harris) at 151 Meghan Circle, Selma (Blackstone Plaza beside Ormond's Plaza), Monday - Friday. Or, you can call Harbor for directions to the Harbor office (919) 938-3566.

Monetary donations can be made by clicking the Harbor website or mailed to Harbor at P O Box 1903, Smithfield NC 27577.

On behalf of the women and children who seek safety at the Harbor shelter, your donations and support are so appreciated.

***Harbor is Johnston County's shelter for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and women in transition.***

Friday, July 09, 2010

Civil War Trail Marker Walkway Update

Town of Clayton crew (Donnie Baker, left and Isaac Poelman, right) laying brick for the new walkway to the Civil War Trails Marker at Town Square

Spirited Away Next Film in "Lazy Sundays Series"

The Clayton Center and Ava Gardner Museum will screen “Spirited Away” on Sunday, July 11, part of the Capital Bank and Parrish, Pulleyn & Young Wealth Management , Inc. Lazy Sundays Cinema At The Center film series.

From one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animated cinema comes the most acclaimed film of 2002. Hayao Miyazaki's latest triumph, filled with astonishing animation and epic adventure, is a dazzling masterpiece for the ages. “Spirited Away” is a wondrous fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. An unforgettable story brimming with creativity, the anime film will take you on a journey beyond your imagination.

"Spirited Away" was the first anime film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. It also is the highest-grossing film in Japanese box-office history

The Lazy Sundays film continues on July 18 with Whale Rider, a contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

All films begin at 3 p.m. in the 600-seat renovated historic auditorium of The Clayton Center, located in downtown Clayton about 15 miles east of Raleigh.

Tickets to individual films are $2.50 each (includes $1.00 service fee). The film series is made possible by support from Capital Bank and Parrish, Pulleyn & Young Wealth Management.

Tickets are available through The Clayton Center Box Office located at 111 E. Second Street or by phone at 919-553-1737.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Clayton Civil War Trails Marker Getting Walkway

The Town of Clayton is building a sidewalk to the Civil War Trail marker which is located at the southwest corner of the Town Square along S O'Neil Street. The Clayton Historical Association installed the marker in August, 2008 which describes the area and circumstances of the surrender of Raleigh to Union General William Sherman. 

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Eric McRay is CVA's July Featured Artist at Clayton Center Exhibit

Raleigh painter Eric McRay will be the solo artist in July in the monthly art exhibit at The Clayton Center.

His show will mark a return visit, as McRay brought his bright, colorful, acrylic-on-canvas paintings to Clayton in August 2008.

This year’s show, entitled “Eric McRay’s Greatest Hits: An Exhibition of Coffee, Jazz, and North Carolina Sceneries,” will have three main focuses – coffee/food, jazz, and Tar Heel scenes, including the Capitol building in downtown Raleigh and other notable scenes.

The wide range of subject matter shows McRay’s willingness to explore nontraditional subjects and his ability to turn everyday life into art.

As he says, “My inspiration comes from my passions, my adventures and my misadventures. My art is my diary.”

His paintings will be on display from 8 to 5 Monday-Friday in the center’s lobby July 1-30. The show is free and is open to everyone. It is sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts.

A meet-the-artists reception will be held for McRay on July 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the center, 111 E. Second St. Everyone is invited, and light refreshments will be served. The reception is free, and dress is casual.

McRay was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and art has been part of his life almost forever. In early grade school, he helped his teacher design a Rumpelstiltskin-themed bulletin board, and her praise made him realize his art had value beyond his own personal fulfillment.

Later, he said, kids in school often paid him to draw pictures on their book covers. Then when he was 16, he was hired by a design firm as a paste-up artist.

Most of McRay’s work is done in acrylics on canvas or in collages.

“I stopped using oil paints because they took too long to dry,” he said. He likes acrylics because they are fast, clean, efficient, fast-drying, versatile and archival.

As for collage, he said, “I create in collage because it is alchemy. I'm able to make something of tremendous value out of inexpensive materials. It's like turning straw into gold [or] making microchips out of sand.”

Influences on his work go past eclectic. He said, “I think [my influences are] every artist I've ever seen.” Then he paraphrased artist Robert Motherwell: “The intelligent artist keeps the history of art in his head.”

For the future, McRay strives to become the best known artist in N.C. and throughout the Southeast.

He earned a BFA degree at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, which he attended on a four-year scholarship.

In 1998, he was juried into Raleigh’s prestigious Artspace, where he has served as vice-president and president of the Artspace Artists Association, as well as on the board of directors.

McRay has been featured on TV and radio and in newspapers and magazines. In 2008, he was named “Best Local Artist” by Metro magazine. He also participates in and supports many charitable art exhibits and community art events.

His paintings hang at NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, SAS Institute, Western Wake Hospital, NCCU Art Museum, American Tobacco Campus, Duke University Medical Center, Duke Eye Center, and First South Bank, as well as in many private collections locally, nationally and internationally.

He keeps a daily work schedule at Artspace Studio 205 and vacations along the Carolina Coast with his wife and children.

His website is

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

From the Flipside...


$6 Chicken Club-Tender chicken breast grilled then topped with cheddar cheese and apple wood smoked bacon. Served on a kaiser roll with lettuce and tomato.Regular fries for the side.

-Anti pasta-Ham,turkey, and pepperoni with provolone cheese, black olives, and roasted red peppers topped with a light herbed olive oil.$8 served with half loaf of bread.

-Fish taco-Fillet of Tilapia lightly spiced and grilled served on a flour tortilla with lettuce, tomato and cajun aioli.With choice of side.$8


Pasta of the-Shell pasta tossed in a lightly sauteed sauce of olive oil, fresh basil, fresh grape tomatoes, white wine and roasted garlic. Served with side salad and bread.

-Sirloin with a bourbon glaze-8 oz. center cut sirloin spiced and grilled to your liking then topped with a sauteed onion, garlic, mushroom medley flamed with bourbon. Served with heirloom potatoes and fresh veg.$15


Open Mic Tonight with J.B. & Jason hosting  Come on down and join in on the fun!!

It's Jazz Friday this week Friday The Will McBride Group

Friday, July 02, 2010

From Fancy That! Gift Boutique

Wow hard to believe it’s JULY already! Hope you are all having a fabulous summer! Lots of exciting new things to tell you this month so this one is going to be long! Be sure to read all the way to the end so you don’t miss anything! First of all back to it being JULY, Fancy That is having an Independence Day Sale Friday, Saturday, and Monday. The entire store is on SALE!!! Oh and by the way even the clearance room is on sale! During this sale get an extra 25% off of the sale price on all clearance items!

THIS TUESDAY, July 6th is BAG DAY!!! Put your cloth Fancy That shopping bag in your car and be at the store Tuesday for your bag day discount. This month we will keep the 25% off going from the Independence Day Sale, so if you are away for the holiday you get another chance at the same discount as the sale! Next month bag day will go back to 20% off…

For all you Fashionistas out there we have some exciting news! Fancy That! is now your consignment resource for selling women's designer clothes, shoes, handbags, and fashion accessories. We will be selling fabulous new and lightly worn designer merchandise! Consider cleaning out your closet and letting us do the work for you.

Fancy That! Gift and Consignment Boutique will carry a blend of new and consigned women’s clothing at great prices! Because we love fashion and a bargain, we want all of our customers to have the same experience! Consign or shop with Fancy That! and you will see what great service and selection we will provide! We will eventually add in a great selection of new items as well. If you are interested in consigning with us please drop by for details or let us know and we will be happy to email the information to you.

Also more news on the fashion side of Fancy That! Boo Carver has rented space in the store to feature her new business, The Bootique! She will sell NEW boutique clothing! The Bootique will be featured at Fancy That but is solely owned by Boo Carver… Come check out her fabulous selection!

Come in and check out some of our great new items, corn hole games for $119 (includes 8 corn bags), great selection of wine glasses, totes, and accessories, fold up purse fans (I call it my hot flash fan!), on a bigger scale of fan we have some great decorative house fans in the shape of a cat, dog, frog, rabbit, and hummingbird! You’ve got to see them to believe them! Great new purses, beach/lounge wear. We have pool mats! These are a great item for pool side, bleachers, picnic tables or to toss on the ground. Anywhere you need a little something to sit on! There are many more items to choose from and for the next few days, it’s all on sale!!!

Fancy That will now be featuring beautiful, one of a kind, locally handcrafted artisan jewelry creations! Crafted in genuine sterling silver, nickel silver, brass, copper, colored gemstones, and other semi precious metals. Stunning pieces you will love!

Another great locally made new item we have in stock is a premium Lip Balm called, Oh WOW! That’s because as soon as you put it on the first words out of your mouth will be, Oh wow! It is a premium, smooth and creamy lip balm. It is all-natural with no fillers, no waxes or petroleum products. Yes, it is vegan friendly and comes in LOTS of fabulous flavors!

Well I believe that’s it for now! Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope to see you at Fancy That real soon! Oh and if you have face book please be our fan, thank you!

Thank you for shopping locally!!! Your business and support is greatly appreciated!

Debbie :)
Fancy That! Gift Boutique
120 E. Main St.
Clayton, NC 27520
(919)550-2946 phone
(919)550-6413 fax