Seen in Raleigh: Tree trimmers

photographs by Scott Sharpe A recent visit to Cheshire Cat Gallery at Cameron Village led to the discovery of these captivating vintage Christmas ornaments that would add sparkle to any tree. From a classic Santa Claus and Christmas tree to…

Hoops country

How a group of dreamers, schemers, and other North Carolinians gave birth to modern basketball by Scott Ellsworth North Carolinians possess an embarrassment of basketball riches. We are a land that can lay claim to Dean Smith and Jim Valvano, David…

Shavlik Randolph

Resilience, determination, staying power by Settle Monroe photographs by Justin Cook When 6-foot-10-inch, 240-pound Shavlik Randolph lumbers into a Raleigh Starbucks, all eyes in the cafe look up. And up. And up. Standing customers step aside to make room for…

Duane Raver: Illustrating Wildlife

by Liza Roberts photographs by Nick Pironio Down a pebbly road, in a wood-framed studio in a rural corner of Garner, wildlife artist Duane Raver is perfecting a swan. Its wings stretch across his canvas, feathers precise in number, formation, and color….

Chef Ryan Conklin’s haute hospital cuisine

by  Katherine Connor photographs by  Lissa Gotwals In the coming season of celebration and indulgence, a visit to the hospital is not on most folks’ to-do list. But for some savvy Raleighites, the hospital is exactly where they’re headed, and…

Spotlight: Tutu School – Sharing the magic

by Jessie Ammons photographs by Missy McLamb At Tutu School Raleigh, enchantment is par for the course. “I believe in that experience that I have when I’m dancing, in sharing something – movement, music, storytelling – with an audience that’s magical,”…

Spotlight: Shaw at 150

by Jessie Ammons Eight months after the end of the Civil War in 1865, former Union soldier Henry Martin Tupper used his army earnings to found Shaw University, the first university for freedmen in the South. A century and a…

Spotlight: The original renaissance man

by Mimi Montgomery Not many of us ponder things such as the movement of water, the surface of the moon, or why the sky is blue. Then again, none of us are Leonardo da Vinci. Get a glimpse into the…

Holder Goods & Crafts

Quality, not quantity by Mimi Montgomery photographs by Miller Taylor Raleigh natives Sam and Meredith Kirkpatrick are bringing new life to downtown’s South Street with Holder Goods & Crafts, a new space for art, home goods, furniture, and antiques. Together…

Spotlight: Share the pie

by Jessie Ammons photograph by Nick Pironio Outsource your Thanksgiving pie-making to some of Raleigh’s best bakers and chefs, and do some good at the same time with Alliance Medical Ministry and StepUp Ministry’s Share the Pie fundraiser. This clever…

Spotlight: Beyond myth

Jason Craighead has long had a leading role in the Raleigh art scene as an an artist, as a member of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, as a collaborative studio founder, and as a former gallerist. Now his reputation…

Progeny

“What I put in the store is what I would want to put on my own children.” – Lauren Hood, owner, Progeny by Mimi Montgomery photograph by Travis Long When Lauren Hood became a mother, she discovered it wasn’t easy…

Danny Taylor

“I always like to include … a personal touch in a table setting to encourage remembrances of good times.” –Danny Taylor, CEO, agent, designer, D.T. & Co. by Mimi Montgomery photography by Travis Long Danny Taylor has a full plate….

The Usual: The Awesomettes

“The twirling is not important. What’s important are our cute costumes. It’s about the camaraderie, the sisterhood.” –Karen “Awecelot” Still, “awe”ficcer of majorette group The Awesomettes by Jessie Ammons photograph by Travis Long Every Wednesday, laughter fills the back den…

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