Small Business Spotlight: Raleigh Cheesy

Sliced meats, creamy cheeses, scatterings of fresh fruit, nuts, olives, and artisanal crackers purposefully placed on a wooden platter — it’s the intersection of food and art called charcuterie. Courtney Bowman knows this art form well. As the owner of Raleigh Cheesy, she loves creating delicious celebratory food experiences for her customers. And we just... Read More

Erica Chats: Who Loves a Good Holiday Tradition?

Traditions help create lasting memories and also help us celebrate what’s important. They connect generations of families and give us something to look forward to. Your family may have tons of traditions like cookie swaps, caroling, ugly sweater parties, and so on. Or perhaps you’re a family with just a few cherished traditions. Maybe the... Read More

Pay It Forward: Theatre Raleigh

On a warm Tuesday night in mid-September, the brand-new lobby at Theatre Raleigh is filled with excited guests clamoring to watch the dress rehearsal for the madcap comedy The Play That Goes Wrong. On this night, before the curtain opens, Lauren Kennedy Brady is excited and nervous. And it’s not just first-night jitters. This production... Read More

Ketchup with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile as It Rolls Through the Triangle

Be on the lookout! Sizzlin’ Shelby and her copilot Corndog Clara are rolling through the Triangle this week in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on a coast-to-coast “weenie roast,” serving smiles to everyone they “meat.” In honor of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the dynamic duo will be collecting donations for the Alzheimer’s Association of Raleigh in... Read More

Food + Dining

Holiday Comfort Food: The Ashley Christensen Way

What exactly does a James Beard award-winning chef cook for holiday gatherings? Grass-fed beef tenderloin en croute? Duck chou farci? Whole-poached salmon? Well, if that chef happens to be Raleigh’s Ashley Christensen, the answer is simple — roast chicken. For Christensen and her wife Kait Goalen, a roast chicken is akin to the holy grail... Read More

Indulge … It’s the Holidays!

The holidays bring celebration, family, friends, and sweets! Perhaps you are hosting a brunch, or giving a gift. Want to wow the crowd with a unique and fabulous dessert? Need a vegan or gluten-free option? Or maybe just want to indulge yourself with a decadent, high-quality treat. These five sweet spots are independently run businesses... Read More

Life + Style

New Arrivals

Left: Ruffled Midi Dress, $52. Medium Twisted Hoop Earrings, $21. White Howlite Bracelet Stack of 3, $18. Mules, $38. Center: Blue and white maxi dress, $98. Initial Decor necklace, $54. Initial Decor earrings, $24. Right: Embroidered top, $47.99. High-rise flare jeans, $69.99. Rattan earrings, $24.

There’s a new shopping... Read More

Private Theater Rentals at Paragon Theaters

When Covid first reared its ugly head, movie lovers all wondered the same thing: Is the entertainment industry going to make it? Innovative alternatives were their only option, and soon cinema chains all over the United States were renting out entire auditoriums to hesitant moviegoers in a desperate bid to make some cash. As a... Read More

Home + Garden

Garden Adventurer: Color Your Indoor World with Calathea

As cooling temperatures begin to creep into the garden, backyard growers are turning inward — as in inside — for horticulture pleasures by way of houseplants, but so many can be so-so when it comes to eye-catching looks. Not so with calathea. Calathea (Calathea sp.) is also known as the prayer plant, but it has... Read More

On the House

“If you build it, they will come.” I think we’re all familiar with that iconic line from the 1989 blockbuster Field of Dreams, right? Don’t worry, no one is asking you to put a baseball diamond in the middle of a cornfield, but if you’re looking to custom build a home, your friends and family... Read More


Down the Road: Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Entering the Sylvan Heights Bird Park means walking into a world where pink flamingos eat out of your hand, parakeets perch on your shoulders, and a scarlet ibis flies by an arm’s distance away. The park, in Scotland Neck, NC, boasts the world’s largest waterfowl collection and the second largest bird collection in the US.... Read More

Clayton: The Foodie’s Tour

You may not think of Clayton as an epicurean destination, but passionate local business owners are out to change your mind with their energy, creativity, and Clayton’s downtown charm. Crawford Cookshop Fans of Raleigh restaurants Crawford & Son and Jolie will delight in exploring a new establishment by award-winning chef Scott Crawford, but might also... Read More

On Trend

On Trend: Local Holiday Flair

It's official — due to seemingly endless supply chain issues, 2022 is the year of buying small and local! Small Business Saturday falls on November 26 this year, the perfect opportunity to hunt for locally made, unique holiday decor in lieu of mass-produced, homogenized items at large retail chains. In addition to providing originality and... Read More

On Trend: Inclusive Fashion

Does the word “boutique” draw you straight in the door, credit card in tow, or have you running for the hills? For many people, it’s the latter — but Scarlet Street, a local clothing boutique based out of Raleigh, is here to change that. “Working for boutiques in the past, I noticed they were not... Read More