The designers of Boylan Heights

by Amber Nimocks photographs by Travis Long Maybe Boylan Heights owes its creative spirit to close quarters. Living there means knowing one’s neighbors, and those neighbors tend to be creative types with eclectic interests. The neighborhood, which spans just six…

Spotlight: Hit the Road

Rural Academy Orchestra by Mimi Montgomery In our age of instant, at-your-fingertips entertainment, The Rural Academy Theater is doing things a little differently. Each year, these Pender County-based performers take some of their original shows and hit the road in a horse-drawn…

Sweet Home Carolina

by Kevin Barrett, cocktail director at Foundation photographs by Jillian Clark Did you know North Carolina is the number one producer of sweet potatoes in the U.S.? I didn’t. It provides over 40 percent of the domestic supply. North Carolina…

Home & Garden: Mossology

by Liza Roberts David Spain is an artist whose medium is moss. Yes, moss. That spongy, green, felt-like plant that sprouts in humid nooks and wooded glens. A pioneer in the burgeoning world of moss landscaping – and heralded by…

Fanny and I go way back

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson Aster oblongifolius  – “Fanny” – and I go way back. Back to 1992, when I learned about it through Ruth Knopf, the antique rose expert at South Carolina’s Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston….

Spotlight: Weekend of words

West End Poetry Festival in Carrboro by Mimi Montgomery You don’t have to be an experienced wordsmith to attend the West End Poetry Festival in Carrboro. Hosted October 16 and 17 by the Carrboro Poets Council, the gathering marks the 10th…

Other people’s stories: Patrick Torres meets his new city

by Andrew Kenney photographs by Nick Pironio Patrick Torres watches from the front of the hall as people take the stage one by one. He hears them lay bare their own true stories: The woman who found a moment of…

Studio 123

by Mimi Montgomery photograph by Travis Long “We never dreamed it’d be this big … watching Seaboard Avenue change, watching Capital Boulevard change. It’s just getting bigger and bigger.” – Molly Rohde, co-owner of Studio 123 It started out as just a fun…

Fanny’s table

by Scott Huler The first thing you should know is green: Fanny’s table is green. An old, faux-antique dusky green, the green of a deep-forest conifer or a faded piece of blotter paper, but green just the same. The second…

Debra Capps

by Jessie Ammons photograph by Travis Long “I have four teenage boys, so the State Fair is a big event for us. My family just walks around testing the food for the most part. We go in a big circle.” –Debra Capps,…

Sheila Ogle: Philanthropic entrepreneur

by Todd Cohen As a teenager working in her father’s store, Sheila Ogle learned that business and philanthropy go hand-in-hand. While she handled a range of jobs at Thorne Sporting Goods on South Street in Raleigh, including selling hunting and…

Monica Laliberte

by Mimi Montgomery photograph by Travis Long “If I could have 12 dogs, I would.”– Monica Laliberte, WRAL 5 on Your Side reporter and Canine Companions for Independence volunteer You probably know Monica Laliberte as the face of WRAL’s 5 On Your…

Man-Mur: Live comedy, fine shoes

by CC Parker photograph by Jason Dail Tucked into a tiny, unassuming shopping center in the heart of Wolfpack country, Man-Mur Shoe Shop on Hillsborough Street may look like a run-of-the-mill shoe repair place, but for its longtime customers, Man-Mur…

Katherine McVey: Blossoming forth

by Todd Cohen photographs by Jillian Clark Using flowers to help lift the spirits of people living with sickness, terminal illness, poverty, or a disability is the mission of The Flower Shuttle, an all-volunteer nonprofit in Raleigh. With hundreds of…

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