Chocolatier Gabriela Miu Kropaczek

by Mimi Montgomery photographs by Ray Black III The holidays are a time to indulge. Local chocolatier Gabriela Miu Kropaczek counts on it. Her company, Avenue des Chocolats, specializes in European-style bonbons with ganache centers that Kropaczek makes by hand. Born in…

Spotlight: Run, Raleigh, run!

by Mimi Montgomery Elite runners will once again make it look easy to run 26.2 miles in a row at the City of Oaks Marathon Nov. 6. The event, which benefits Rex Healthcare Foundation, Girls on the Run of the Triangle,…

Spotlight: Heart to heart

by Jessie Ammons As Rex Hospital prepares for the annual Rex Gala Nov. 12 to benefit its new heart and vascular center, construction of that state-of-the-art center is well underway. “The design is based on research, best practices from other heart…

Spotlight: The Pianist

by Mimi Montgomery Ignacy Jan Paderewski was a man of many roles – pianist and composer, politician and patriot, spokesman and humanitarian. This month, his life and accomplishments will be celebrated in Raleigh at the third annual Paderewski Festival Nov. 5…

Spotlight: Blanket buddies

by Mimi Montgomery Loveable Linus van Pelt of The Peanuts is never without his security blanket – multi-purposed and well-worn, it’s a reminder of comfort, home, and warmth. Project Linus aims to provide those same feelings with its own blankets, which…

Spotlight: STEM-nomenal

by Mimi Montgomery Scientists, speakers, and role models will gather in Raleigh Nov. 9 to encourage young students with disabilities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. All will be participants in the Museum of Natural Sciences’ STEM Career…

Spotlight: Eating family-style

  by Jessie Ammons photograph by Christer Berg When they set out to open a restaurant in downtown Cary, Samreen Nawaz and Syed Yousuf knew they needed to think outside the box. “Look how many Indian restaurants are out there,” Nawaz recalls…

Spotlight: Election 2016

by Jessie Ammons The current election season has been one for the books. Regardless of where you stand on the candidates, what happens on Nov. 8 will be historic. If elected, Donald Trump would become the oldest President to take office; Hillary…

Spotlight: Keeping shop

by Jesma Reynolds With its colorful and informative printed and online maps, Design District Raleigh promotes shopping locally when buying for the home. In addition to its original guide that included retailers in the areas of Cameron Village, Five Points, Seaboard…

Triangle Float Company

“Just making people happy … (that’s) the true meaning of Christmas.” –Mark Harris, Triangle Float Company owner by Mimi Montgomery photograph by Annie Cockrill Mark Harris, 52, has worked with floats pretty much his whole life. When he was a child, his…

N.C. State Air Force ROTC

“Being in the military, it’s something special … you’re serving something bigger than yourself.” –Danny Liebman, N.C. State Air Force ROTC cadet by Mimi Montgomery photograph by Christer Berg College students are busy. But college students in the Reserve Officer Training Corps…

Neighborhood meal-share

“We definitely look after each other – for food and for life events.” –Amanda Gaddy, member and co-founder of a neighborhood meal-share group by Jessie Ammons photograph by Jill Knight A group of friends and neighbors in east Raleigh has been sharing meals…

Kannon’s Clothing

“We’re third-generation now. There are many, many lessons that my grandfather instilled in his children that still stand today.” –Boo Jefferson, co-owner of Kannon’s Clothing by Jessie Ammons photograph by Christer Berg Don’t let its owners’ Southern drawl fool you: Kannon’s Clothing…

Dalek’s fiery fractals

by Liza Roberts Photographs by Christer Berg It took him five days to transform a vacant North Hills storefront into a work of art that can be entered and experienced in three dimensions. “How do you get a square room not to…

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