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Vicky Lee brings big-city flair
to her original clothing line
BY FELECIA P. MCMILLAN, PH D
Vicky Lee has a reputation for using bold
colors and daring styles in her line of original
clothing. On Saturday night, fashion designer
Vickie Causer presented her eighth fashion
show, called "A Fashion Explosion of Color
and Style," at the .Aits Council Theatre. In this
collection ?f fall fashions, she featured dress
es with classic lines: overcoats of various
cuts, colors and fabric combinations; dramat
ic denim ensembles; and dressy sets with
matching hats, pantsuits and business/casual
Her shop is at 2887 Inca Court in Atwood
Acres. Her shop is open Mondays through
Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturdays,
the shop is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Her designs start at $95. She creates wedding
dresses, school uniforms, pastors' robes,
men's and women's suits, and other outfits for
Denise Franklin served as the emcee for
this fashion extravaganza. She described the
line of clothing as "feminine and polished.
Vicky Lee shows us how to be a lady."
Gloria Samuels of Goodwill Baptist
Church coordinated the affair.
Causer, who was trained at the Atlanta
School of Design, said her goal is to design
outfits that stand out in a crowd.
"I design all day long. I am inspired by
many things. I can come up with a design to
fit the music, to fit the mood, even to fit the
weather," she said. "I am inspired by people
and their needs. I can design an ensemble
around a hat. We need to change into some
thing other than what we normally see some
"God gives me the vision for my designs,
and He never runs out of ideas. 1 have done
shows for community groups, churches and
for other special events," she said. "We
should not run away from color. We should be
bold and let the style and colors speak for us
Causer has been designing and tailoring
for men and women for more than 15 years.
She exercises daily and eats properly because
she believes that her health and image are
"October is woman's conference month.
As women, we are helping to build God's
kingdom. I want to empower women to
embrace spiritual and physical wholeness."
Causer said. "I design what men like to see
and what women like to wear. I use contrast
ing fabrics to help men and women gain a
richer s^pse of self and style. I say. Dare to be
different. Come out of the box."
Causer often designs for women of all
sizes who desire something different from the
norm. Some of her customers are plus-size
and petite women.
"They want their clothing to fit them the
way the items would fit the average person."
Many of the models in the show are cus
tomers who have repeatedly had Causer to
design outfits for various occasions.
Deitra Dobbins. 29. met Causer when she
See Lee on A9
Photo bv Fclecia McMillan
Vicky Causer (left) of Vicky's Creations sports some of her original designs as she
greets emcee Denise Franklin after the fashion show.
Photo by Courtney Gaillard
Larry Wilson greets Larry Womble and Mayor Allen Joines.
dining a reality
in East Winston
BY COURTNEY GAILLARD
Local veterans are joining
forces to bring a new restaurant
to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Last Thursday, members of the
Winston-Salem Veterans LLC,
the American Legion Post 453
and the Fourway LLC broke
ground at the future sight of the
Vet Way Plaza, which will
house a restaurant/lounge and
Larry Wilson, a member of
the Winston-Salem Vets and the
American Legion, said that
more than 20 new jobs will
become available as a result of
the new restaurant.
"This will give people here
in this community the chance to
eat at an affordable restaurant
with good food." said Wilson,
who is a Vietnam veteran. He
said the location was chosen
since the post was chartered in
the Southeast neighborhood.
"We've always wanted to
build in this area. After 17
years, it's the culmination of
everything that is coming to a
head, and we've picked an ideal
location." Wilson said.
The cafeteria-style eatery,
which has yet to be named, will
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foot building, which will be
"located just past Groves Stadi
um. The structure is expected to
be completed within six to eight
"Our whole objective is to
bring jobs to the community
and let the community know
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off new grads
Program wants to help
500 people in five years
BY T. KEVIN WALKER
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The Tour walls of Dtiia
Maresco's house existed in her
dreams long before she was ever
handed the keys to the front door.
Maresco wanted "three bed
rooms. two bathrooms and a
lawn that wouldn't take more
than 30 minutes to mow." She
got just that a few weeks ago
thanks to a program that has had
a stellar success rate of churning
out homeowners at a steady
Maresco graduated from the
New Century Individual Devel
opment Account program earlier
this year. Monday she was a
guest speaker at a graduation cer
emony to honor the newest crop
of NCIDA graduates.
"My name is Dina Maresco.
and I am a success story." she
told the 25 graduates before
telling them about how the pro
gram put her on the road to
Experiment in Self-Reliance
manages the fiyg.-_year-old pro
gram. The United Way, Con
s u m e r
t h e
ment of Social Services also
partner in the program.
For nearly the past year, the
newest graduates of the program
attended monthly classes on top
ics such as investing and repair
ing credit. All the while they
were required to save a small
portion of their paychecks in
accounts provided by Bank of
See Homeowners an A9
Wei I man
Phmo by Kevin Walker
Members of the YWCA's Marching 100s practice Tuesday outside of the YWCA
Empowering Family Center. The drummers were gearing up for Winston
Salem State University's homecoming parade. The school's long list of home
coming activities will take place Oct. 26 through Nov. 2.
BY COURTNEY GAILLARD
Janet Atkinson, principal of The Down
town School was named the 2(KV4 Wachovia
Principal of the Year fo, Winston
Salem/Forsyth County Schools on Tuesday.
FrortVmiHime she was
a little girl. Atkinson
wanted to follow in the
footsteps of her parents
and become an educa
"Since I was 4
years old I've wanted
to be a teacher. That's
all I've ever wanted to
do." said Atkinson,
who is originally from
Npw York She *?aid
she was shocked when her name was called at
a breakfast for all of the local finalists at The
Atkinson, who was selected from a pool of
68 principals in the school district, received a
$200 gilt from Wachovia. Her daughter. Jen
nifer. is a fifth-grader at The Downtown
The Downtown School was founded in
1991 through a grant from the RJR Nabisco
See Atkinson on A9
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