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…

Hitting its stride

by Jessie Ammons illustrations by Emily Brooks Consider Cary. “Everybody thinks there’s Raleigh and then all the other towns and cities outside of it. That’s really not the case,” says the town’s downtown manager, Ted Boyd. “Cary has exponentially grown.” According to…

Open road: Women bikers find their way

 by Ilina Ewen photographs by Jill Knight When Peter Fonda took to the open road in Easy Rider, he embodied the cinematic ideal of the macho male biker. These days, motorcycling isn’t just for the boys, and women are more than…

Put another nickel in

by Karen Lewis Taylor photographs by Justin Cook It began in childhood – as many grown-up interests do – when Keith Morris’s pinball-loving parents took the family to arcades. Keith was fascinated there by the workings of the coin-operated games and novelty…

He’s Goode: Becoming the coach he never had

by Hampton Williams Hofer photographs by Nick Pironio Any tennis player will tell you that the most coveted trophy outside of the professional circuit is the gold ball. No bigger than the nail on your pointer finger, the gold ball is…

Whoo cooks for you?

by Suzanne M. Wood illustration by Addie McElwee The first indication that the owl “safari” I was about to embark on would be more of an audio experience than a visual one came when leader Meredith Massengill hoisted a large black boom…

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