Pay It Forward: Ripe for Revival

Imagine living in a community without basic access to fresh, wholesome food, or being unable to afford the groceries stocked in your local store. Residents across North Carolina face these unfortunate circumstances, but the nonprofit Ripe for Revival is working to change that. The Rocky Mount-based nonprofit converted a fleet of buses, trucks, and trailers... Read More

Small Business Spotlight: Local 919

It’s not every fine wine shop that will uncork your bottle and invite you to enjoy it at the bar. And few, if any, curators of craft beer will welcome your dog in while you peruse what’s new and notable. But North Raleigh’s Local 919 isn’t your average beer and wine shop — it’s local,... Read More

Out & About in Wake County: July/August 2024

1. For sci-fi, fantasy, pop culture, gaming, comic books, anime, and cosplay devotees, GalaxyCon Raleigh is the four-day festival of fandom that brings the universe’s best entertainers, creators, celebrities, artists, writers, voice actors, wrestlers, cosplayers, and fan groups to you. With panels and workshops — plus competitions and after-dark programming — attendees have a galaxy... Read More

FloodGate: Tech by Teens

During Earth Month, a group of students from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham won The Earth Prize, the world’s largest environmental sustainability competition for teenagers. Inspired by the increased incidence of flooding in North Carolina, the FloodGate team created a flood prediction and warning technology to address the flooding that... Read More

Food + Dining

Summery Side Dish Salads

Greek-Style Pasta Salad Makes 8-10 servings Ingredients Salad: 1 pound pasta, such as rotini Salt for boiling water 16 ounces grape tomatoes, halved 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved 1 large English cucumber, diced into 1/4-inch cubes 1 green pepper, diced into 1/4-inch pieces 1 small red onion, finely diced 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced... Read More

Stick It on the Grill

Juicy Chicken Fajita Kebabs Makes 6-8 kebabs Ingredients 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound), cut into 2-inch cubes 1/2 red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 yellow pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 red pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks Marinade: 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed... Read More

Life + Style

Erica Chats: The Triangle Ice Cream Tour

Is your family as crazy about ice cream as mine is? The Triangle area is filled with ice cream spots that have gained national recognition while delighting the palates of locals. Here are some of my top picks from all around the Triangle. And if you can’t indulge in ice cream, don’t worry. We’ve got... Read More

Erica Chats: Spring into Summer Fashion

Fashion trends are forever changing. As much as we’d love to go on a shopping spree every season, that’s not realistic, so look for trendy items with a timeless appeal. Pick versatile pieces that will carry over from spring to summer and become closet staples for years to come. Wide-leg trousers: They’re flattering and keep... Read More

Home + Garden

Garden Adventurer: Grow a Joe

Planting weeds might not seem like the best way to create a visually inspiring garden, but I do heartily endorse one snappy exception: Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium sp. aka Eupatorium sp.). This herbaceous perennial named after Joe Pye, a Colonial-era Native American medicine man, can make an impressive splash in the landscape with its size... Read More

Garden Adventurer: Landscaping with Spiders

In spite of their odd name, spiderworts (Tradescantia sp.) can be pretty additions to almost any landscape. With strap-like leaves that form mounds up to 24 inches tall, these perennials show off clusters of three-petal, 1- to 2-inch-diameter flowers typically dipped in shades of purple. A spiderwort bloom only lasts a day, but each stem... Read More


Staunton: The Gem of the Shenandoah Valley

Staunton, Virginia — known as the Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley — can best be described as a Hallmark movie come to life. Surrounded by rolling hills and scenic farmland, this fantastically walkable town is known for its magnificently preserved architecture, idyllic main street, and proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Over the years,... Read More

Road Tripping for Success

Since 2019, my husband George and I have logged over 50,000 fun miles traversing the beautiful continental United States. We have traveled in SUVs, rental cars, a 1982 Volkswagen Westfalia, and a 2020 Dodge Ram ProMaster conversion van. Getting out on the road is life-changing; each trip has rewards and challenges. You will realize how... Read More

On Trend

On Trend: Fondue

Some ’70s food trends should stay in the past (looking at you, Jell-O salads), but the customizable, social experience of fondue deserves a comeback! Embracing her passion for creating incredible “Cheeseperiences,” Aya Dorsey — owner of Meat & Graze charcuterie company in Boxyard RTP — provides a relaxed retro experience we can’t wait to dip into. “For... Read More

On Trend: Modern Caricatures

While caricature art might not be fresh off the easel, modern styles and technologies are revitalizing its popularity, making it trendy all over again. These skilled artists specialize in creating exaggerated or simplified portraits, usually emphasizing distinctive features or traits of their clients. Caricatures aim to capture the essence of a person in a comical... Read More