Spotlight: All in good fun

by Jessie Ammons In a saturated digital era, it’s refreshing to see positivity go viral. One example is the sensation of the Holderness family’s online videos. Two years ago, the Raleigh family created a silly digital Christmas card featuring the foursome dancing…

Spotlight: Grow it for the birds

by Jessie Ammons As you consider what to plant in your spring garden, the folks at the Audubon Society urge you to remember the birds. “Unfortunately, a yard full of non-native plants is essentially a food desert for our birds,” says…

Spotlight: Party with a purpose

by Mimi Montgomery Getting back on your feet can be hard. The Carying Place in Cary tries to make it a little easier. The nonprofit helps working homeless families achieve independence through a mentoring system that focuses on managing personal finances,…

Spotlight: Standing room only

by Mimi Montgomery Spring is here, and it’s officially time to get outdoors again. The West Marine Carolina Cup presented by SurfTech is the largest stand-up paddle board (SUP) event in the world, and takes place in Wrightsville Beach April 19-24….

Port of Raleigh

by Mimi Montgomery photograph by Travis Long Walk into Port of Raleigh on South McDowell Street and you might think you’ve left the City of Oaks and entered the gift shop of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Light…

Wine + Weeds

by Jessie Ammons        photograph by Travis Long “It all started with a jelly jar in 2013,” says Lisa Grele Barrie, co-chair of the board of directors at Raleigh City Farm. The nonprofit urban farm had begun to take root…

Emily Kotecki

by Jessie Ammons photograph by Travis Long This month, you’ll find Emily Kotecki busy connecting the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Egyptologist Caroline Rocheleau with students at Matthews Middle School in Graham and Havelock High School in Havelock – via videoconference. But…

Michael Morrison

by Mimi Montgomery photograph by Travis Long By day, Michael Morrison works as an investigator for the United States Department of Agriculture. After hours, you can almost always find him in his studio. Painting, photography, mixed media – Morrison does it…

Functional art by Ryan Dart

by P. Gaye Tapp photographs by Juli Leonard If you happen to be a Spider-Man fan, you may have spotted a pair of stylish benches with a primeval flair making their motion picture debut in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Made…

Kerri Martinsen: Costume maestro

by Liza Roberts photographs by Jillian Clark At Carolina Ballet headquarters, in a fluorescent-lit workroom where sewing machines whirr, scissors snip, and tutus sway in the rafters, costume director Kerri Martinsen orchestrates an unusual sort of dance. Like the work of…

Worthy of preserving

by P. Gaye Tapp photographs by  Catherine Nguyen When Raleigh builder Mark Kirby saw a timeless Tudor Revival house built in Raleigh in the late 1930s by developer Thomas Adickes, he knew it would be perfect for his family of six….

Boom town eats

by  Tina Haver Currin photographs by Christer Berg As Raleigh continues to land on Forbes lists as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States – #1 in 2013, #2 in 2014, #4 last year – the city is, understandably,…

Not your grandmother’s cobbler

by Mimi Montgomery photographs by Kelsey Hanrahan Jake and Shannon Wolf aren’t just the owners of hot downtown restaurant Capital Club 16 – they’re also husband and wife, and they have a long North Carolina history. The couple first met in high…

Niall Hanley

A familiar face in an ever-growing crowd builds a restaurant empire by  Amber Nimocks photographs by Lissa Gotwals Beneath the din of a bustling Thursday evening crowd, the phone is ringing at The Hibernian Pub’s hostess stand. Niall Hanley is the…

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