Up & Coming Weekly

April 25, 2023

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM APRIL 27 - 30, 2023 UCW 5 V E N D O R S P O T L I G H T F O O D Sisters prove Fizzy Friendz is the bomb by KATRINA WILSON Cheyanne, 16, and Cali Rai Cam- pos, 14, are sisters and owners of Fizzy Friendz Bath Bomb, LLC. They are also the founders of Giving Back Warm Hugs, a nonprofit corporation. Profits from Fizzy Friendz go into the nonprofit. "It's all about having fun, so why not make bath time fun, bright and amazing smelling for everyone, with Unicorns and Dragons being our theme," said Cheyanne. "When we developed Fizzy Friendz, we wanted to create a brand that everyone could enjoy." Both sisters have psoriasis and eczema. Because of that, they are fo- cused on creating an all-natural line, with soaps that wiggle and jiggle. They have a body wash that looks and feels like slime, called Dragon Snot. "It all started during a family vaca- tion at Disney World, when a com- plete stranger approached our mom, telling her ... she should really think about putting us on television," Cali Rai said. Their mom thought the woman was out of her mind because their family is a "sports" family. They said televi- sion was so far from their reality but they prayed on it. They asked Jesus to answer their prayers and in return, they would answer the prayers of other children. In 2018, they became an official charity. The money they received from their 87 film and commercial projects funded their charity. "We were keeping our 'promise,' but then the pandemic happened and 'set life' quickly shut down. At this point, we needed to come up with a way to continue to give back," Cali Rai said. This is how Fizzy Friendz Bath Bomb was born. Cali Rai calls it, "The bath bomb with a bigger purpose and a hidden treasure inside because we believe that everyone has a hidden treasure inside of them." For more information visit w w w. fizzyfriendz.com/ and w w w.giving- backwarmhugs.com/. Party in a Pita offers Lebanese food by KATRINA WILSON The Dogwood Festival has so many things to offer at- tendees, and one of the items on the list is Lebanese food which is like a food party wrapped in a pita. Doumit Ishak, owner and operator of Party in a Pita, a Lebanese food brand, talked about the upcoming festival. Ishak said visitors can expect authentic Lebanese food. "Freshly prepared and sold by our family to yours," Ishak said. The different dishes Party in a Pita offers are beef shawarma, gyros and garlic chicken. There is more to Party in a Pita than what meets the eye. In 1986, Ishak was one of the founders of the Triangle Lebanese American Center in Raleigh for the Lebanese/ American Community. "We were involved in the first city International Festival in Raleigh at the Old Civic Center," he said. "We had a food booth at the event, and realized that a lot of the attendees were not familiar with Lebanese food." He said about 25 years ago, he and his family decided to take a venture to start a concession business to sell and introduce Lebanese food in North Carolina. The name of the business came from Ishak's niece, Sasha, and daughter Karmina while they were all in a car for an eight-hour ride. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Drizzle D's Donuts by KATRINA WILSON Kyle and Nicole Moore, the husband and wife duo behind Drizzle D's Donuts will have their food truck at the Dogwood Festival to offer hot, fresh donuts of many f lavors. This family business start- ed with a life-changing ac- cident. Kyle had done HVAC work for over two decades when a heav y steel object fell from overhead and caused injuries to his back and left arm. While recovering, Kyle reminisced of a f lea market that had mini donuts. That's when the research began on creating donuts and mini donuts. "We wanted to open a coffee shop and wanted to offer donuts but they had to be fresh and made to order," Kyle said. "We decided it would be a better decision to go with a mobile setup rather than a brick and mortar at the time." The couple said the business has been ex- tremely successful and popular. At the event, they want the freshness of the donuts and toppings to be unique for the attendees. "We make hot and fresh mini donuts with toppings that are both amazing and unique. A lot of people have a hard time choosing what their favorite is, as literally, every f lavor combination is delicious," he said. "There is something for everyone. Customer service and qual- ity are at the top of our priorities." They don't just provide artisan donuts and drinks, but they focus on giving back to charities that involve children and the com- munity that supports them. "Just a few we have worked with are Chil- dren's Miracle Network, 4-H youth program, children's homes, local youth ministries, and local programs supporting children with various needs when dealing with first responders. We support our first responders as well," he said. Drizzle D's Inc. is also a member of Got To Be NC, which means whenever possible, Drizzle D's utilizes products or supplies that are from or made in North Carolina. A T T R A C T I O N S BMX Show will keep you on the edge of your seat by KATHLEEN RAMSEY Keith King loves talking about BMX. Tracing its roots back to Cali- fornia in the 1970s when children de- cided to copy the men on motocross bikes, eventually BMX found its way to the Tar Heel State. On Saturday, King and his perform- ers will be bringing the stunts of BMX to downtown Fayetteville. "We will be doing BMX freestyle — on ramps and on the ground," he said. While King has been doing BMX for more than thirty years, his group has been doing stunt shows for more than twenty of those years. The per- formers were even on the 2012 season of "America's Got Talent." "We are not just a North Carolina team. We travel all throughout the United States. The furthest we go is Alaska," he said. The BMX shows will be at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on Hay Street near Huske Hardware. There will be a meet and greet after every show.

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