Keith Richardson

Educating the Modern Student

Sometimes the best way to keep kids in school is to let them spend more time outside the classroom.

Crossroads Flex, Cary’s newest high school, opens this month with a flexible schedule that will benefit performers, athletes, students with jobs, or those with family responsibilities.

“We have to be adaptive as a school system,” said... Read More

Doug Boytos of Live Edge Wood Designs grew up in Cary and learned woodworking at Green Hope High School. Whenever someone would ask him what he wanted to do, he’d jokingly say, “It would be awesome if I could do woodworking, and just build furniture.”

Built to Last

With respect for the past and a love of the wood, area woodworkers are tapping into North Carolina’s rich heritage to build sustainable, homegrown businesses.

Each dining room table, rustic art piece, or handcrafted desk they make comes with a story, at no extra charge, perfect to dust off at family dinners and neighborhood parties.

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not alone

You Are Not Alone

One person, sharing his story, can truly make a difference.

That’s how the You Are Not Alone support groups began in Cary, with one man sharing his struggles with mental illness, and the local church community coming together to help.

“We want to create an environment where people can make the vital connections that will... Read More

jazz music

Going Live!

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble is going live in the big city this week, as one of 15 national finalists competing in the 22nd annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival.

Best of all, you can listen live!

“These are wonderful young jazz musicians, and they are really excited about... Read More

Restaurant Row

David Vance, a veteran of the food service distribution industry, opened Rock Harbor Grill late last year in downtown Fuquay-Varina.

Rock Harbor Grill

What happens when a passion for music collides with a desire for delicious food?

In the case of West Virginia native David Vance, it was the creation of Rock Harbor Grill, which opened late last year in downtown Fuquay-Varina.

Located a block over from Main Street across from the town’s current library (a new one... Read More

BREW is located in the cafe and concession area on the first floor of The Cary Theater. It offers coffee, espresso and tea from local companies, including Raleigh Coffee Company, with a light breakfast and café lunch menu, wine and craft beer. It’s open until 6 p.m. weekdays, but stays open during theater events.

Destination Downtown

The benefits of Cary’s downtown revitalization continue to emerge, and there’s no better time than now to savor its bevy of quality eating and drinking establishments.

Consider inviting friends along for a full-fledged progressive dinner, all downtown, where you can try new places and enjoy mainstays, while appreciating their distinct flavors, and strolling between courses.... Read More

Home & Garden

When unripe, Cubanelle peppers are light yellowish-green in color, but will turn bright red when ripe. It is a colorful addition to your garden or your stir fry.

Hot for Sweet Peppers

Hot peppers have been the darlings of both vegetable and ornamental gardeners in recent years because they can be so colorful, so sizzling, so sexy, especially when compared to sweet peppers, of which the ol’ utilitarian, blocky bell pepper usually comes to mind. Ho-hum.

Granted, the common bell pepper can have the eye-catching appeal of... Read More

Looking for a home in Western Wake? You’ll need to act fast, local real estate professionals say, as the local market is experiencing a shortage of homes in some price ranges. For example, this home in Cary sold within hours of being listed.

Happy House Hunting

Chris and Joscie Barnes are coming home to their native North Carolina after living for 30 years in Maryland, and explored several area towns with their real estate agent, Peggy Dixon.

“Cary clicked,” Joscie said. “It reminds us of Silver Springs, that feel of the city and proximity to things. It feels like home.”

On... Read More

We Love


We Love! May 2017

1. Beachy keen

What makes a thick, plush beach towel even better? Make it round for more coverage, and add a monogram. A matching insulated cooler adds panache to your pool ensemble; towel, $36, add a large monogram for $17; cooler, $24, add a monogram for $12. everythingsbettermonogrammed.com

2. Tongue-tied

Take your Chucks... Read More

We Love!: March/April 2017

We Love!: March/April 2017

1. Bohemian style

Raleigh-based designer Noelia Torres partners with Mexican artisans to create unique leather goods; cutwork tan leather bag, $158; green suede bag, $131; black zippered bag, $138. bixiawotan.com

2. Take note To go into the bag, Torres designs durable accessories including passport cases and leather-bound journals; passport case, $45; metallic leather journal,... Read More