Category: Explore

Stalking the Hoary Bittercress

by Mimi Montgomery illustrations by Addie McElwee In the interest of journalistic transparency, I’ll start this article off with a disclaimer: My knowledge of the flora and fauna that populate our local environment is slim. It can be narrowed down to…

Home on the water

by CC Parker Jerry Seinfeld once said, “There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.” Most parents know that a family vacation is most often just a relocation: same bickering, same feeding schedule … different venue. Not…

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…

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…

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…

Frameworks

by Mimi Montgomery photograph by Travis Long Tucked into a row of shops off Dixie Trail, Frameworks is a family-owned gallery and frame design shop that’s been in business for 40 years. Owners Charles and Carolyn Younger started it as…

Hawks and Doves: Jessica Ullom dreams big

by Jesma Reynolds photographs by Juli Leonard Turning a hobby into a career can be an unlikely dream. But by tapping into her vast trove of flea market finds – old feed sacks and Americana textiles – Jessica Ullom has…

Paintbar

“I wanted to give a better service and still keep it affordable. Catherine felt the same way but she always brought her style and her retail experience and her fashion experience.” – Heather Brewer, co-founder, Paintbar by Mimi Montgomery photograph by Travis…

A place between the mountains and the sea

by Suzanne M. Wood The opportunity to fuel up at one of my favorite restaurants sealed the deal when I considered which local segment of North Carolina’s Mountains-to-Sea Trail to hike on an early winter afternoon. Conveniently, a 2.2-mile section of…

Reliable Loan and Jewelry

“They think we’re just the typical pawn shop, when really we’re the complete opposite.” – Alan Horwitz, owner of Reliable Loan and Jewelry by Jessie Ammons photograph by Travis Long On the section of South Wilmington Street now defined by a trio…

Boho Beads

“We’re both so lucky and have so much that we should be thankful for, and we wanted to be able to give back in some sort of way.” –Harris Parker, co-founder, Boho Beads by Mimi Montgomery photograph by Travis Long…

Cricket leaps into the Triangle

by Ilina Ewen photographs by Ray Black III Chances are, when North Carolinians hear the word cricket, they’re thinking bugs. Not the game of ball, bats, and wickets first played in England in the 16th century, now second only to soccer…

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…

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…

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