Prime Barbecue in Knightdale Breaks Ground…at the Station

Adding to the allure of building or buying a new house at the Knightdale Station new home community, renknowned BBQ master, Chris Prieto recently broke ground on site “at the Station” for the building and opening of his Prime Barbecue restaurant, which will feature all the famous BBQ flavors synonomous with North Carolina and as they have noted, “ribs three ways: spare, baby back, and beef.”

The ground breaking, which took place in early May, and in speaking with the Raleigh publication, the News and Observer, Prieto explained that he hopes it will be the “next great North Carolina barbecue joint.” He explained further that the Prime Barbecue in Knightdale location will be unique in many ways as opposed to what people have become accustomed to in a “BBQ joint.” Detailing this, Prieto said, “No plates, no hushpuppies, not corn sticks.” He continued, “We’re not a region. We’re the craft of barbecue. We’re a new grade of barbecue. I didn’t invent it, I’m just out to perfect it.”

Originally from the state of Texas, before moving to North Carolina and spending the past two decades in the Tar Heel State, Prieto is familiar with the famous BBQ styles in both areas that are so well known for that type of fare, and does not “choose favorites” when comparing the two styles.

“”It’s something in my DNA; I’ve been infatuated with barbecue since I was a kid,” Prieto said. “I was called to barbecue; it’s more of a calling than something you fall into.”

In addition to serving up delicious whole hog and beef brisket, the three styles of aforementioned ribs and other delicious smoked meats, along with a variety of unique mouth -watering sides, the Prime Barbecue in Knightdale location will hopefully see its doors open to the public this fall and will boast live smoke pits right in the dining room to give patrons a chance to see up close the art of BBQ first hand.

Prieto also teaches BBQ classes, which is where he was introduced to former mayor of Knightdale Russell Killen, who first planted the idea of bringing Prime Barbecue in Knightdale to town in his head. Speaking of the former mayor’s pitch to him and the beauty of Knightdale Station which eventually was key in him deciding on the location, he said, “He showed me farmland that was being cleared. It was going to be soccer fields and parks and running trails. It was all very Norman Rockwell kind of atmosphere.”

Again noting in the N&O article that the restaurant, which will be located at 403 Knightdale Station Run, is nearing its grand opening to the public, Prieto concluded, “Everything is 100 percent ready to go,” he said. “I know how many paper towels we’ll need on day one.”

New Knightdale Fall Family Event coming to…the Station

On the weekend of October 13, the latest in what is certain to once again be another tradition that the Knightdale area residents will be looking froward to as an annual Fall Family Event, takes place at Knightdale Station park, as “Mumkin Fest” offers a little season related fun for the whole family.

The schedule of events for the new Fall Family Event is as follows:

Friday, October 13 6- 9 pm

The Catch 22 Band and food Trucks

Saturday, October 14 10 am-9 pm

10 am- 5 pm- The Market at Knightdale Station Park

10 am- 5 pm Vendors, arts and crafts

11 am – 5 pm Inflatables

11 am- 4 pm Train Rides

11 am- 9 pm Food Trucks

11 am- 2 pm Pumpkin Patch: all kids get a free pumpkin to paint with purchase

4 pm – 7 pm Beer Garden with Double Barley Brewery

12″30 pm- 9 pm Live music to include:

Cara Yates and Twisted Fate, EG Peters, Gary Brunotte, Funk N Disorder, Baileys Comet

Sunday, October 15 1 pm-5pm

Runyons Funyons band, Food Trucks, and Inflatables

Come out and bring in the new season with the next great Fall Family Event…at the Station. For more information on this and all the great Town of Knightdale activities coming up, visit


Knightdale Ranks in Money magazine’s Top 100 Best Places to Live 2017

Knightdale is ranked among the best places in the country to live and long-time Knightdale residents are not surprised. “Knightdale was an awesome place to grow up,” they said. According to Money magazine, it still is. Knightdale was rated one of the Best Places to Live for 2017. Money, in partnership with, identified the top 100 places to live based on healthy economy, affordable homes and a high quality of life.

Money looked at places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000 and eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85% of its state’s median household income or a lack of ethnic diversity. This pared the list to 2,400 places. Data on economic health, cost of living, public education, crime, ease of living and amenities along with data on housing market costs and growth was used to rank each municipality.

Next, reporters conducted research by interviewing residents, checking out neighborhoods and searching for intangible factors that don’t show up in the statistics to whittle the list down to the Top 100. To ensure a geographically diverse set, the list was limited to no more than four places per state and two per county. The top 15 includes only one entity per state.

Knightdale, population 14,868 with a median household income of $63,158 and a projected job growth rate of 10.9%, was one of three entries from North Carolina, coming in at number 76 on the list. Concord made the list at number 38 while Morrisville showed up at number 90. describes Knightdale as having a “welcoming, youthful culture.” Tagged as an “emerging city with a magnetic energy fueled by the optimism and brain power of a young population,” Knightdale is one of the fastest-growing towns in NC and the Triangle. Just nine miles from downtown Raleigh, Knightdale residents are the youngest in the Raleigh metro area with a median age of 31.


Rankings derived from more than 70 separate types of data, in the following categories:

  • Economy—based on local unemployment rate, historical job growth, projected job growth and the level of employment opportunities available.
  • Cost of living—based on median household income, tax burden, insurance costs, commuting costs, medical spending, utility and home expenses.
  • Education—based on math and reading test scores and local and county level high school graduation rates.
  • Housing—based on Housing Affordability Index and Housing Growth Index at county level, plus other housing statistics available at
  • Crime—based on property and violent crime risk as well as homicide and drug overdose rates.
  • Amenities—based on number of doctors and hospitals in the area as well as number of leisure activities in the town and surrounding area, including bars, restaurants, museums, sports complexes, and green spaces.
  • Ease of living—based on commute times, weather, and other factors.

Engaging Neighborhoods through Community Events

If your community has become one of those sleepy little towns you’ve read about with little to no interaction between residents, it might be time to ignite passion in your neighborhood by engaging residents in community activities.

Your community is not the first to suffer from a case of the small town blues. To revitalize a community, residents and businesses must actively engage in planned events and work hard to turn inactivity into energetic synergy.But, where do communities begin?

Start by determining the cause of your community’s apathy. Is there a lack of leadership willing to initiate activities or are the do’ers burnt out? Is your community floundering due to a changing economy, lack of educational opportunities and limited employment options?

Whatever the challenges, every community has concerns and hobbies they share in common.Raising families, caring for aging relatives, cooking, gardening, decorating, caring for pets and earning and saving money are interests neighbors commonly share.Finding a way to cash in on shared interests can be the catalyst for change in your neighborhood.

Take the lead and develop a community events group with the goal of energizing and uniting your community.Encourage members to believe in their ability to develop plans and make changes.To retain time-challenged members, make it convenient to corroborate on projects online as well as in person and show appreciation for their efforts.

Communities hard hit by economic changes and job loss may be encouraged to interact by focusing on events where residents earn supplemental income, develop skills, market their talents and connect with community resources.Look to other communities’ successes and ideas for linking neighbor-to-neighbor by hosting fun and entertaining community events.
Ice cream socials are a fun way to meet your neighbors while raising funds for local causes such as veteran housing, local food banks, school supplies, home-delivered meals for shut-ins and community improvement funds.Offer simple yard games with prizes, neighborhood clowns, colorful signage, bottled water, lemonade, balloons, t-shirts and, of course, ice cream with all the toppings to attract support for your local cause.

Hosted community swap nights teach neighbors to support each other locally by gathering to buy, sell, swap and barter for needed goods and services while decluttering their homes.Ideas for swap items include furniture, car parts, appliances, household goods, elder care services, pet grooming, ride-share opportunities, music CDs and DVDs, toys, clothing, sporting goods, tools and more.

Annual pumpkin carving contests offer crafters, local businesses and community centers a venue for earning extra income while celebrating the talents of local youngsters and adults alike.Age categories might include seniors to toddlers with residents voting by ballot for their favorite carvings in each age group. Prizes for the best pumpkin are announced with pumpkins and winner’s names put on the community display.

Pet owners love their dogs.Celebrate the love in your neighborhood by hosting an event similar to Nashville’s Dog Day Festival. The festival includes a 5K run or walks complete with puppy parades, portraits, pet adoptions, Fido-related arts and crafts, obedience classes, pet fun zones and obstacle courses. Contests are held for the cutest and most talented pooch with experts available to answer questions related to dog training, nutrition, grooming and first aid.Funds raised may be donated to local causes and charities of your choice.

These fun ideas are easy to pull off and will create a buzz in your neighborhood while offering opportunities for neighbors to interact and work together towards community goals.More importantly, residents will begin to feel they are part of a community that cares and, in turn, will start caring for their community.

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New Projects in Knightdale Slated to Begin in Spring 2018

With the town’s recent inclusion in the top ten among the fastest growing cities in North Carolina and with the beautiful new homes and the expansion right here in the Knightdale Station new home community, it would seem fitting that the Town Council has announced several exciting upgrades and New Projects in Knightdale to take place in the early months of 2018.

Announcing each of the New Projects in Knightdale to the public at meetings throughout the fall months here, the Town Council noted that they have made each of the decisions announced with a single goal in mind to help increase the quality of life for town residents.

One area that has become synonymous with the great lifestyle Knightdale residents enjoy is outdoor living and thus it is an obvious fit for the town officials to continue improvement on the parks. Improvements and renovations to Harper Park are scheduled as part of this Spring’s New Projects in Knightdale, as are the finishing of the new Knightdale Station Park Amphitheatre and Veterans Memorial.

Keeping family in mind, another of the New Projects in Knightdale will see a new look to the Knightdale Community Pool Clubhouse, and a new home for the popular summertime Knightdale Track Out Camps.

Lastly, the New Projects in Knightdale set for early 2018 will see a brand new state of the art public works facility, which will be located at 1102 Great Falls Court.

With the great community spirit right here in the Knightdale Station neighborhood and the fantastic New Projects in Knightdale not far off on the horizon it appears that 2018 will continue to see the town grow and accommodate, and the true winners will be the residents of Knightdale.

(Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale)


2017 Knightdale Holiday Events Schedule Kicks off with Cupid Run…at the Station

Knightdale Holiday Events

In the same vein as the numerous Knightdale Holiday Events held at Knightdale Station that have become tradition, the town’s parks and recreation department will be hosting their second annual Valentine’s Day themed, five kilometer “Cupid Run,” this upcoming Saturday, February 11.

Based upon the fantastic response and turnout from the community at the inaugural Cupid Run event in 2016, it was some what of a no-brainer for it to be included amongst the calendar of Knightdale Holiday Events for a second straight year. Joining another of the successful Knightdale Holiday Events that has now become an annual tradition in the community, the Turkey Leg 5K, which takes place around Thanksgiving, these “fun runs” not only to give the community another way enjoy a great day of family fun, but they also promote a healthy lifestyle and outdoor living in the local community.

The Cupid Run will kick off at 9:30 a.m. and start in Knightdale Station Park. Registration for the event is on going right now and in addition to taking part in the newest tradition among the Knightdale Holiday Events, by signing up, you will also get a winter hat, a medal for finishing the 5K and a timing bib. In addition to the finisher medals there will also be medals given out to the first, second, and third place male and female finishers. Keeping in the festive and fun feel of all Knightdale Holiday Events, there will also be medals awarded for the “Best Dressed” in accordance with the Valentine’s Day theme, much as they do in November’s “Turkey Leg” event.

There will be refreshments on hand as well at the Cupid Run, as Brown Bag Bagels will be serving up some delicious options out of their food truck, and to keep all plenty hydrated, there will be a “Water Table” sponsored by Zaxby’s of Knightdale and Triangle Dental Assisting.

If you have signed up for the 2017 Cupid Run, you can pick up your information packet on the event either at registration on race day at Knightdale Station Park, or at Town Hall, 950 Steeple Square Court in Knightdale on the first floor on Friday, February 10 between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.

For registration information on the 2017 Cupid Run, other upcoming Knightdale Holiday Events, or any of the fun and exciting programs being offered through the Town of Knightdale, contact Megan Thornton.

Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale


Join Us At the Knightdale Station Home Buyer’s Seminar…This Saturday, August 13…at the Station!

Knightdale Station Home Buyer's Seminar


This Saturday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m., the incredibly skilled builder team from H&H Homes and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage would like to cordially invite you to Knightdale’s newest and largest master planned community for the Knightdale Station Home Buyer’s Seminar.

Being hosted at the spectacular, “Wilmington” model home located at 402 Admiral Way in the Penn Station section of the community, the Knightdale Station Home Buyer’s Seminar will address many of the “myths” that perspective homebuyers hear and wonder about as they prepare to make the huge life decision that is building or purchasing a new home.

The experts from Wells Fargo Home Motgage will address many items at the Knightdale Station Home Buyer’s Seminar, including such common questions that homebuyers will have as:

  • What do lenders consider when awarding a loan?
  • How much will I be able to borrow ?
  • What types of loans are available to me?
  • What is the difference between Prequalification and Preapproval?
  • What is the step-by-step financing process from the point I apply for a loan through the closing?

In addition to offering an incredible array of floor plans starting in the $280’s, the Knightdale Station new home community has the amenities that you and your family have dreamt of when seeking the perfect location.

Knightdale Station Park sits on 76-acres and features over two miles of paved trails, a dog park, athletic fields, and a train-themed playground that tips its cap to the rich railiroad history of the town. Events including food truck rodeos, the farmers market, and countless other family-friendly functions happen regularly at Knightdale Station Park. The YMCA and Aquatics Center is another great feature at Knightdale Station, offering a great chance to keep the whole family fit, while having fun at their outdoor pool or the many indoor facilities and programs offered for all ages. The Triangle area’s preeminent private school sytem, Thales Academy has just opened an on site elementary school at Knightdale Station as well, offering the best educational opportunity in Knightdale for grades K-5.

The Knightdale Station Home Buyer’s Seminar is a perfect opportunity for you and your family to get familiar with the hottest new home community in Eastern Wake County. To RSVP to the seminar and be sure you have a spot saved for you this Saturday, email our expert realtor team from Fonville Morisey Barefoot at



Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration Set to Be Bigger and Better Than Ever…at the Station


With all of the fantastic Town of Knightdale events throughout the calendar year, the most anticipated and largest gathering of the year is set to be even bigger and better than ever for 2016, as the community will come together in the name of our independence at Knightdale Station Park on Monday, July 4 as part of the 3rd annual Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration.

The Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration has been a staple of summertime fun with in the community for the past three years since the event moved to Knightdale Station Park upon its opening. This years’ event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and run until the spectacular firework show ends. As always, there will be a huge assortment of local vendors, food trucks, activities for the kids, and the Embers will also return for what is always a fun live musical performance. This years’ Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration will have more food offerings and vendors than any previous event and it is expected that the attendance will reach a record high this upcoming Monday to celebrate or country’s independence.

The Food Trucks Set to be on hand at the Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration include:

The Vendors that will be at the Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration are:

  • Access Physical Therapy & Wellness
  • Avon by Renee
  • Beauty Therapy Salon
  • Boy Scouts
  • Camp Corral
  • Central Wake High School
  • Christian Life Fellowship
  • Cricket Wireless of Knightdale
  • Crosspoint Community Church
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Dogs on Deployment
  • EF High School Exchange Year
  • Elizabeth Frost
  • Expressions in Rhythm Dance Studio
  • Faith Baptist Church
  • Genesis Jewelry
  • Girl Scouts
  • Green Pines Baptist Church
  • Jeannie Blinson Photography
  • KC Fusion
  • KHS Tour Group
  • Knightdale Baptist Church
  • Knightdale Dragons Pop Warner
  • Knightdale Football
  • Lowe’s Foods
  • Lucas Lights
  • Memorable Events
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Outside the Box Threadworks
  • Poe Center for Health Education
  • Party Lite
  • Premier & Thirty One
  • Ron Carlos Salon
  • Special Blessings
  • Wake Forest Community Church
  • Young Living Independent Distributor
  • Younique

There will be shuttles running to and from the Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration from various spots in town beginning at 4:00 p.m. For more information on the shuttle pick ups, a festival map, and all details on this event, visit

(Photo Courtesy of the Town of Knightdale)

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YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps Offer Fit and Active Fun

YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps

Beginning the week of June 13, the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps offer an affordable way for your children to stay active, make new friends, and create great memories throughout the summer months.

Celebrating its second summer, “Camp Knightdale Station” will once again be the “hottest” thing going for kids in the Knightdale community from the first week, where the theme will be “Exploration Week,” (June 13-17) straight through the final week before traditional schools return to session from August 22-26 when the kids go “Around the World.” The activities are seemingly never ending at the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps as throughout the week the kids will enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, assemblies, field games, sports, devotions, and more.

The full schedule of week by week “themes” for the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps are as follows:

June 13 – 17: Exploration Week

June 20 – 24: Detective Week

June 27 – July 1: Boys vs. Girls Week

July 5 – 8: Holiday Week

July 11 – 15: Water Week

July 18 – 22: Medieval Week

July 25 – 29: Highland Games

Aug. 1 – 5: Space Week

Aug. 8 – 12: Olympic Week

Aug. 15 – 19: Survivor Week

Aug. 22 – 26: Around the World

Offering the flexibility of signing up for any of the weekly themed camps up until midnight on the Thursday before they begin, the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps are equally as convenient for the adults in the family as they are for the children. For members, the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps are reasonably priced at just $139 per child for the week ($159 for non-members). There is a late signup fee of only $20 if you do register a child after the midnight Thursday deadline, but they still are able to attend if that week’s theme is one that your youngster decides late that they would like to be a part of.

The weekly camps are offered to children who are in grades K-5 and the YMCA at Knightdale Station Summer Camps run from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information including registration information, visit

A Celebration…at the Station: Knightdale NC Named a Tree City USA Community for 15th Time

Tree City USA Community

Already known for its beautiful parks and scenery as well as its countless outdoor living and active lifestyle options, local students joined Mayor Roberson in planting a new tree at Knightdale Station Park as part of the celebration naming Knightdale NC as a Tree City USA Community for the 15th time.

The celebration honoring Knightdale as a Tree City USA was held fittingly enough in accordance with Arbor Day on April 15 at Knightdale Station Park. The Town of Knightdale Tree Board in association with both the Development Services and Parks and Recreation Departments hosted the ceremony, which began with a proclamation being read by the Town Council. Following this, several local children assisted in the planting of a young “hornbeam” tree not only to commemorate the day, but also to demonstrate the town’s commitment to urban tree growth. (Picture shown above courtesy of the Town of Knightdale)

Speaking to being honored for the 15th time as a Tree City USA Community, Knightdale Mayor, James Roberson said, “To receive this designation requires both short-term and long-term planning,” said Knightdale Mayor James Roberson. “To receive it 15 times shows that the Town certainly values its trees. They are part of a broad plan to make our growing community as appealing and beautiful as it can be.”

The Tree City USA program recognizes communities each year that make the maintenance of urban tree canopies a top priority. Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National State of Foresters, gives the annual Tree City USA recognition based upon current and upcoming tree projects, such as the planed improvements coming soon to the greenway trail along Lynwood Road. This will see several of the damaged tree in this hevily traveled area replaced in addition to more than 20 new plantings that will be added to improve toe overall appearance of this area.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Knightdale make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

To see further details on Knightdale’s 15th selection as a Tree City USA Community, the Arbor Day Foundation, and the fantastic upcoming tree projects in the town, visit