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Tan Elegance

The staff at tan elegance’s goal is to provide you with the most luxurious, relaxing, and enjoyable tanning experience possible. Whether you are tanning to relax or for beauty, they have the industry’s best tanning equipment with a variety of options to satisfy any desire. They also have carefully selected the latest technology in beds, stand- up booths, and spray tanning to offer the best results for the money.

Their mission is to provide their clients with the highest degree of customer service, and they are committed to delivering the ultimate tanning experience  and creating a truly pleasurable experience made just for their clients, in their relaxing, elegant environment.

They specialize in perfecting your tan without ever overexposing your skin. All of their equipment is brand new including Ergoline’s Sun Style, the latest spray booth technology on the market. Their highly educated Smart Tan certified consultants are on site to ensure a comfortable, luxurious, tanning experience. Visit them for a tour and see how they can help you achieve the perfect tan while tanning responsibly.

From Tan Elegance’s latest blog posting -
What should I know about tanning?

Anyone considering tanning first time should know a few things first. First off, there are a lot of factors to consider before you just hop in a tanning bed. While Tanning beds mimic the sun they are more intense than lying out in the sun and your skin type and current tan level will be a consideration in the length of time you should tan and the kinds of lotions you should use before you tan. We all want instant results but you should limit your first few session to just 3-4 minutes. It would seem that just 3 minutes in a bed wouldn’t do much of anything to get you that golden look you desire. However, tanning beds are very intense so its important to start with a short session and increase your way up to the full tanning times. When you step out of the bed there may be no visible change in your color but your tan will take time to develop. The tanning process happens over time as the melanin (pigment) travels through your skin cells and darkens the outermost layer of your skin. This process happens between 24-48 hours after exposure.  If you have ever had a sunburn you probably didn’t notice you were getting burned it until it was too late. A fabulous tan can be achieved in just a few session for most skin types.  If you never tan in the sun and usually end up with a burn after just short time in the sun then a tanning bed will likely not offer any better results and you shouldn’t tan.
 Exposure to the sun or UV rays provided by a tanning bed will dry out our skin. A good moisturizer will put the moisture back into your skin that tanning dried out and prevent peeling, don’t ruin your beautifully developing tan with dry flaky white skin. You don’t need to wear a sunscreen lotion in a tanning bed. Exposure is controlled by the amount of time you stay in the bed.Eye protection is mandatory. UV rays penetrate your skin to effect the movement of melanin to the surface of the skin and your eyelids are not thick enough to protect your eyes from UV exposure. You can get eye protection from the salon very inexpensively. Wearing eye protection is a requirement and salon staff will not let you tan if you don’t have goggles or eye protection.A fabulous tan can be achieved in just a few session for most skin types. If you never tan in the sun and usually end up with a burn after just short time in the sun then a tanning bed will likely not offer any better results and you shouldn’t tan.Tanning can be a relaxing mini vacation that has you feeling and looking great. If you are going on vacation or want to be tan before an event like a wedding, its important to leave yourself enough time to complete a few sessions (48 hours apart) before your event.Tan Elegance
For additional information and pricing visit their website or give them a call  at 919-400-6366

St. Baldrick’s Childhood Cancer Fundraiser – March 1st

Join us for the best fundraising event in town!

The St. Baldrick’s event for the North Raleigh area – hosted by the beloved Bald Entrepreneurs.

In six years, our group has raised over $435,000 to help beat this dreaded disease and we need your help in 2014.

Help us reach our goal to raise $135,000 this year to help in the fight against cancer.

Come on! Be a hero for kids with cancer! Join this St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

March 1st-  10-5 pm in the Mill Room @ The Factory

For additional information -

St. Baldrick’s Logo

Gonza Tacos Y Tequila is open !

Gonza Tacos Y Tequila officially opened for business on Sunday December 1st.

Hours are -

Weekday Lunch : Tue-Fri 11:30AM-2:00PM

Weekday Dinner :
Weekend Lunch/Dinner:

Tue-Thu 5:00PM-9:30PM

Fri 5:00PM-10PMSat 12:00PM-10:00PM
Sun 12:00PM-8:30PM


For additional information visit them online at or give them a call at 919-205-2500.

Check out their guest comments on Trip Advisor – Ranked #5 out of 1,185 restaurants in Wake County.

We are excited to have them join us at The Factory!

Factory Businesses team up to help Toys for Tots

Several business at The Factory are hosting toy drive collection boxes for the holiday season.

Please consider donating a new toy to a needy child during this holiday season at The Lollipop Toy Shop, The Tumble Gym, Progressive Music and The Polar Ice House.

Collections are taking place through December 18th.


For additional information about the Toys For Tots program please visit their website.

Wake Forest Juniors – Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser – Dec. 14

 17th Annual Wake Forest
Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 14, 2013
8:00am – 11:00 am

The Mill Room at The Factory
1839 South Main St
Wake Forest, NC 27587

What is Breakfast with Santa?
The Juniors Breakfast with Santa is a Wake Forest tradition and a memorable holiday event for many families each year!  It’s a fun way to kick-off the holiday season with your family and have professional portraits taken with Santa by Three Oaks Photography in a relaxed atmosphere while having breakfast.  The event seeks to encourage and nurture “hometown” interactions with family, neighbors, and friends in the community.  Money raised from the event goes to fund the Sally Southall Cotten Scholarship which is awarded to a local High School Senioeach year who will attend a 4-year college in North Carolina.

Avoid the mall lines, crowds and prices, grab your neighbors, have fun, and help support the further education of a young person in our community!  

How much does it cost?
Ticket prices are as follows:
      -  Children 1 year of age and under: $7.00 each
      -  Children 2 years of age and up (including adults): $12.00 each
**  Price includes breakfast plus 1 photo per child’s ticket purchased. All event attendees must have a ticket.**

Breakfast this year will be assorted pastries, ham/sausage biscuits, cinnamon buns, bagels, sausage balls, Daylight Doughnuts, fruit, cheerios, and a Beverage Bar.  Gluten-free choices will be available.  Your contribution is tax-deductible.  

Additional prints will be available for purchase at the event if you would like them.  No outside photography please!

Online reservations for Breakfast with Santa are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  There are event seating times available at 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00am, and 10:30am.    If a seating time is not listed on the registration form, it is full.  A limited number of walk-in reservations the day of the event may be available but cannot be guaranteed.  

Please click here to register for the 17th Annual Breakfast with Santa!

Factory Spooktacular – Friday, October 25th from 5 to 8 pm

Come join us for a night of fun as we celebrate our annual Spooktacular!

The fun begins at 5 pm and runs till 8 pm.

The event is free and open to kids of all ages.

Both Inflatables at Jumpin Beans will be open,  A giant  slide will be in MVP Sports, A Magic Show and Movies will take place in the mill room,

The Polar Ice House will host a Halloween skating exhibition,  and stores will have specials during the night.

Fee based activities include a haunted house @ The Tumble Gym $4 and many more surprises!



Hallowed Half Marathon and 10K – October 27th


The second annual Hallowed Half Marathon and 10k Event by Signature Races, promises to double the Halloween fright and goose bumps. There will be more thrills and chills on the race course for your entertainment!

The Hallowed Half is now part of the Fall Triple Crown Series. In our appreciation for your support,  the RunRaleigh Half Marathon, the Johnson Lexus Half Marathon (Sept 21st), and the Hallowed Half Marathon (Oct 27th) have partnered to present those who run all 3 half marathons an unique “39.3 Triple Crown” medal.  Participants just need to sign up BY September 9th for each race and we track the finishers. The Triple Crown Medal will be presented at the Hallowed Half Marathon. Check out the Hallowed Half on Facebook, for more information.

****Shirts and medals guaranteed to the first 500 half marathoners and first 300 10k runners.


This race will benefit the following charities:

The YMCA Community Outreach which focuses on a community-wide effort
to raise funds for children, teens, families and adults. They donate
100% of the money raised to fund scholarships and programming in our
YMCA community. For more information, click here!

The Wake Forest Memorial Post 8466, VFW. The Post is actively
securing benefits for veterans of all ages and assisting to make their
lives rewarding and meaningful. In addition, the Post devotes
considerable effort contributing to the overall well-being of the Wake
Forest community. For more information, click here!



The half marathon course will start at the The Factory and encompass the downtown Wake Forest and heritage area. The 10K course is an out and back. The courses have rolling hills with some spooky fun adventures along the way. They are a perfect fit for runners of all ages and levels!

*All participants must maintain a 16 minute per mile pace during the race. Failure to maintain this pace will result in a participant being asked to move onto the sidewalk or shoulder of the road.




Hallowed Half Marathon Pricing:

Before 10/24/2013
Individual: $65.00

After 10/23/2013
Individual: $70.00

The last day to register online for the Hallowed Half Marathon is Wednesday, October 23, 2013. On-site registration may be available if this event is not full, but your best bet is to register online.

Hallowed 10 K Pricing:

Before 10/24/2013
Individual: $37.00

After 10/23/2013
Individual: $40.00

The last day to register online for the Hallowed 10 K is Wednesday, October 23, 2013. On-site registration may be available if this event is not full, but your best bet is to register online.



Enjoy a fun post-race party for the entire family to experience!  Extend the celebration beyond the finish line by enjoying food and refreshments and a variety of products and services from our sponsors.

Event parking will be located at:

The Factory
1839 South Main Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Water Stations and Porta Potties:

There will be 5 aid stations on the half marathon course serving water and Gatorade as well as refreshments at the finish line.
Miles 2.7, 4, 6, 8.5 and 11

There will be 2 aid stations on the 10K course.
Miles 4 and 10

There will be porta potties at the start/finish line, mile 4 and 10 for the half marathon course (mile 3 for the 10k course)

*If you have any questions about your results, please and provide your name, bib number and estimated finish time.

We will have on site race packet pick up race day starting at 6:30 am. The race will start ON TIME so please avoid long lines and a delayed start by using one of the EARLIER packet pick ups. You can pick up another persons packet. No ID required.



Half Marathon Course Map

10K Course Map



Age Group Awards will be given to both Male and Female runners for each of the following age groups:1-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-up (*overall placers are not eligible for age group awards)

Rules and Regulations:

For the safety of our runners, we do NOT allow dogs in either race. We also do not allow inline skates, skateboards, roller skates or any mode of transportation other than running or walking.

The Race Director or Race Committee members reserve the right to remove any participant from the race course at their discretion.


We are proud to announce FS Series is once again the official timing company for the October 27, 2013 Hallowed Half Marathon & 10K.  FS Series is an event production & timing company based in Raleigh, NC.  FS Series uses the RFID Ultra Timing system from RFID Timing Systems.  This will be a convenient disposable bib tag.



Contact for volunteer opportunities!



No refunds, deferrals or exchanges are accepted. We will race rain or shine!


Lily Mae’s Grand Opening Weekend Festivities – October 11 – 13th!

Middle School Basketball Prep Program

Middle School Basketball Parents!



Fully Armored Sports Performance is now offering its Basketball Pre-season Prep Program in Wake Forest, at MVP Sports Factory!  Prepare for tryouts and the season with this unique pre-season prep program bringing together the most advanced Performance Training along with Technical Skills Development. 


Performance Training:

  • Explosiveness and vertical jump
  • Speed, quickness, and agility
  • Upper body strength and core stability
  • Basketball endurance
  • Movement mechanics and injury prevention

Technical Skills Development:

  • Shot mechanics
  • Ball handling
  • Passing technique
  • Rebounding
  • Defensive fundamentals

Open to all Middle School age players

October 22 to November 7

Tues/Thurs 6:30-8:00 PM (Note: Will meet Fri Nov 1 instead of Thurs Oct 31 Halloween)

Hosted by MVP Sports at The Factory in Wake Forest

Fee: $125  (10% discount for 5 or more players from the same team or school)

Register early, limited space available!  Register at