Scout Talks-Woodward Financial Advisors



{Featured in Volume 2}



{Jim Miller-President of Woodward Financial Advisors}

Scout is excited to start a new blog series “Scout Talks,” where you will have more of an opportunity to become familiar with more local businesses and their principals. So to kick this off we talked to Jim Miller from Woodward Financial Advisors.

Who are you? – Jim Miller, Certified Financial Planner and President of Woodward Financial Advisors in Chapel Hill, NC

What do you do/ describe your business? – We are an independent wealth management firm that helps professional women and their families make smart financial decisions.

How did you get there? – I’m in my 17th year as a financial advisor, something I’ve been doing since graduating college with finance degree.  Originally from New Jersey, my family and I moved to Chapel Hill about eight years ago.  We love the area and the clients that we are blessed to work with.

Favorite aspect of what you do? – Helping folks achieve their financial goals, whether it’s being able to pay for their grandchild’s college education, make sure their spouse is well taken care of in the event of their early death or being able to transition earlier than planned from full-time work to something more “fun”!

Most challenging part of what you do? – Keeping clients focused on the things that can be controlled and keeping perspective to what’s really important.

 What inspires you? – My family, the mentors I’ve had along the way in our profession and my colleagues at Woodward.

Future aspirations? – To continue to evolve the firm, add new service areas and expertise and be known as the elite independent advisory firm in the Triangle.

Favorite local dining spot? – Right now it’s Lantern for dinner, Med Deli for lunch and Monuts Donuts for breakfast.  Also, our family is loving this new pizza place in Durham, Pompieri.

Favorite local shop? – I don’t get into many shops, but my wife loves Glee.

Best part of living in the Triangle? – Access to so many great things to do, whether it’s family friendly museums or parks, to great college sporting events to outdoor music and fitness events.

For more information visit Woodward Financial Advisors or call 919.929.2495



Scouted: Engagement Rings!

Tis’ the season to get hitched!

Fall is a popular time for getting engaged, and we all know that ‘happily ever after’ usually begins with a breathtaking engagement ring. If you’re looking for an engagement ring as unique as the bride who will be wearing it, look no further than Booth Custom Jewelers in Raleigh, NC.

scout_booth1  Above: beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring, Below: oval & half-moon three-stone engagement ring scout_booth5

Brian and Lily Booth specialize in creating one-of-a-kind jewelry for engagements and other special occasions. We can personally attest to the exquisiteness of their pieces!

scout_booth2  Above: hand engraved platinum and diamond engagement ring, Below:  padparadscha sapphire rose gold ring scout_booth4

With Brian’s expertise in sculpture/jewelry production and Lily’s interest in fashion/diamond setting, their teamwork boasts a strong sense for aesthetic beauty and excellent customer service.


If you already have an heirloom ring or another piece of jewelry that may need a few touch-ups before you offer it to your significant other, Booth Custom also specializes in jewelry restoration. Booth Custom strives to be a one-stop-shop for all of your jewelry needs. Above you can see an heirloom ring featured on Booth’s blog.

Lily and Brian are high integrity jewelers, insisting on using environmentally responsible materials in addition to sourcing recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds.
If you or someone you know are thinking about ‘popping the question’ in the near or distant future, stop by Booth Custom Jewelers to see what they have to offer. Tell them Scout sent you!

Call Booth to schedule your appointment:  919-809-3180


Coolest condos on the block: Fairview Row

Check out Fairview Row at Five Points!


Located in the heart of Raleigh’s charming Five Points neighborhood, Fairview Row is an elegantly designed group of condominiums in the making. Fairview’s classic brick exteriors will fit in beautifully with surrounding historic architecture, while modern advancements bring the properties ahead with changing times.


We recommend that you see for yourself the open and bright floor plans, the deep porches, the customizable interior design and timeless sophistication of these spaces.


The Five Points neighborhood is one of the most attractive locations in Raleigh, boasting excellent restaurants, a great antiques district sprinkled with beloved destinations like NoFo at the Pig boutiques. Likewise Fairview Row is one of the more desirable locations within Five Points, boasting superior design and intimate living spaces which make you feel at home. The buildings are smaller than most condominiums, with space limited to four families per building for optimal privacy. Additionally the structural supports of the buildings have been upgraded to create quieter environments for residents.

As if this spot couldn’t get any sweeter, some of our favorite people are working to build these beautiful condos. That is, of course, Williams Realty and Building! They are a local, family-owned company with half a century of experience in meeting the needs of their clients.


But please don’t take our word for it, and go check out Fairview Row for yourself. The space at Fairview Row is limited, and these condos won’t stay vacant for long!

Call 919-785-1445 to inquire about Fairview Row and

To inquire about the services Williams Realty and Building Co. offers, call 919-781-7107


White Story: Heather Garrett Interior Design

I  am at the beach and all is running a little bit more on “island time” this week.  I hope you kept  up with my shenanigans in the Outerbanks on Instagram!

TSG did a lovely blog post featuring Heather Garrett Interior Design.

Read it here!


Call Heather Garrett for her beautiful design services that incorporates your art and collections with her unique yet practical and wonderfully chic design style–



Scouted: Outdoor Entertaining

Hello Scouters!! Summer is not over quite yet, which means there is still ample time for some stylish outdoor entertaining! We have compiled a list of necessities perfect for your next outdoor soiree!

South in Chapel Hill is our go-to for beautiful tabletop options, love the fresh feel of this blue & white set-up: southtable Also from South, how cute is this little pig butter dish?? Fun addition to the table! pigdish Now to the most important part, food!!! Southern Season hosted a contest to find the best tomato pie recipe in the area. Check out the winning recipe here, nothing better than a tasty tomato pie in the summertime!  tomato pie But, for those who don’t have the time to prepare everything on your own, there is Ladyfingers Catering in Raleigh and Parker & Otis in Durham to the rescue!!! Both are great places to pick up already prepared foods such as pasta salads, casseroles, sandwich platters, and of course deserts! We definitely recommend the ham rolls from Ladyfingers–you will thank us!!!  hamrols More more sandwich options from Ladyfingers, hard to pick just one! ladyfingerssandwiches

Now time to start planning a fun backyard bash! Tell them Scout sent you!


Building your own dream house: Will Johnson Building Company


Often when beginning home shopping, we already have “THE house” pictured in our minds, that ideal house we envision as the perfect space to live in. Maybe it’s a house that’s been imagined since childhood, or maybe it’s a house that we’ve dreamed up with a partner. It could be a house we grew up in that has inspired a new dream, or maybe it’s that picture from a magazine pinned to our refrigerators with a magnet. It could be a two-story white house with a wraparound porch, or maybe it’s a brick ranch with blue shutters and a back yard for children to run around.

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Whatever the unique homemakers’ dreams of ours and our families might be, with Will Johnson Building Company, we don’t have to settle for anything less than the custom homes we desire. Will Johnson Building Company have been building dream homes in the triangle since 1995, and they specialize in constructing custom homes from the ground up.  This family run business consists of many members, notably, Will Johnson, the founder, his wife Laurie, who is behind the scenes and keeps the books, their son, Ben, who creates the designs and talented daughter-in-law, Rebecca who handles the details.  Each and every member of the Will Johnson Building Company is absolutely lovely and talented in their own right!


They want to work with you to create a durable space which suits your unique needs, and a home which could last you and your family for a lifetime. Will Johnson’s goal in every project is to exceed expectations. He and his associates want to build strong, beautiful spaces and long-lasting relationships with clients.


If you’re in the market for a new home, look no further than Will Johnson to start developing a vision for your unique and durable dream home. These local builders are a wonderful, family run business based out of Chapel Hill, NC, and they want to make all of their clients’ building experiences as easy and stress free as possible.


Give Will Johnson Building Company a call to find out more about their work in custom building, remodeling and home design!