the ruins of St. Agnes Hospital

A Treasure Trove of History: St. Agnes Hospital

Now an abandoned shell of a building, St. Agnes Hospital is a largely forgotten but very important piece of African American history. Located on Saint Augustine’s University campus, the towering stone ruins and large, empty windows allow visitors and passersby a peek into what once was the most advanced hospital and nurse training center for... Read More

Have an (Unconventional) Valentine’s Day!

If you’re looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day but are tired of the traditional dinners, candy hearts, and flowers, listen up! Here are five (unconventional) ways to surprise your loved ones, in Western Wake and beyond!
  • If you enjoy running with your significant other, you won’t want to miss Cupid’s Undie Run on Feb. 17!... Read More
  • Is Your Small Business Impacting Your Mental Health and Profitability?

    Owning a small business is rewarding, but it can also be extremely stressful. You need the skills and expertise to deliver a great product or service, but you also need the financial skills and money mindset to grow and sustain a profitable business.    If your business seems successful to the outsider, but you are struggling... Read More

    Free Fitness Offers in 2024

    With all the fitness options out there, the search for ways to become a healthier version of yourself in 2024 can quickly become overwhelming. Should you try kickboxing? A spin class? Barre? Finding a fitness journey that works often requires dipping our toes in the water — which is why many local gyms and studios offer... Read More

    Food + Dining

    Day to Night

    Since its inception in 2018, Heirloom has provided visitors a morning and afternoon refuge in the midst of the bustle that is Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District, serving well-crafted beverages alongside Laotian and Taiwanese dishes for breakfast and lunch. As a coffee shop, Heirloom earned the admiration of locals with its selection of traditional espresso drinks... Read More

    Mosaic Reprise Hazy IPA

    The Mosaic Reprise Hazy IPA won a bronze medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival!  The 6.3% ABV American-style IPA is brimming with flaked oats, white wheat, and mosaic hops, resulting in a stunning hazy straw-golden color. Up front, it features incredible hop aromatics with a uniformly fierce hop flavor — but don’t let... Read More

    Life + Style

    Fashionably Fit

    Elevate your workout. Start off your new year workouts fashionably! Say farewell to the era of baggy pants and oversized sweatshirts. Chic, conformable, and functional is trending. Embrace a fashion that resonates with your individuality this year. Once you’ve chosen your day’s workout selection, the fun part begins: choosing your outfit. I curated fashionable fitness... Read More

    Erica Chats: Give Yourself a Mental Makeover

    A new year means it’s the perfect time to reset our minds and start 2024 on sturdy ground. A healthy mind is essential for overall well-being, and I’ve found several ways to boost mental clarity and mood. Give them a try and make 2024 YOUR year! PRACTICE MINDFULNESS: Mindfulness is being fully present in the... Read More

    Home + Garden

    Garden Adventurer: The Other Magnolias

    A southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) in full bloom on a hot, sultry summer day is quite a pleasant sight to see. But why wait until it gets steamy and sticky to see such a pretty display? There is a maverick band of magnolias that can’t even wait for the chilly air of a waning winter... Read More

    Garden Adventurer: Hellebores: Winter Wonders

    Late autumn is a prime time to plant hardy perennials, and many gardeners will be getting downright giddy now over the possibilities. Some backyard growers, however, curb their enthusiasm because, quite frankly, they are impatient, meaning they don’t want to wait until spring to experience full-blooming glory from their planted newbies. So, why wait? Winter-flowering... Read More


    Down the Road: Greensboro Science Center

    Craving a wildlife fix? The North Carolina Zoo isn’t the only option! Just over an hour up the road, the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is NC’s only dually accredited AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and AAM (American Alliance of Museums) science attraction — an honor only 14 attractions in the nation can claim. In... Read More

    Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea

    When searching for the best way to describe Beaufort, South Carolina, two words immediately come to mind: hauntingly beautiful. The moss that drips from the trees, the gentle sway of the salt marsh, the shafts of sunlight streaming through the canopy of live oaks above. It’s almost as if you’ve stepped into a Nicholas Sparks... Read More

    On Trend

    On Trend: Strengthening Your Body, Mind, and Social Crew

    This year's fitness vibe is all about blending exercise with socializing, paving the way for a journey that amps up wellbeing, strength, and your social squad! I’d like to introduce you to the greatness of Barre-Up! Wrap your bands around your enthusiasm because this movement studio with a social dimension is the path to your... Read More

    On Trend: Spin Art

    Do you want to be an artist, but struggle to draw stick figures? Are you completely hopeless with a paintbrush and palette? Don’t worry, readers — art is allowed to be messy, and creative minds are rarely tidy. In the words of Pablo Picasso, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them... Read More