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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Fresh Perspectives

Whether you’ve been in Cary for decades or mere minutes, chances are you’re familiar with the acronym of Cary as “Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees.”

Silly as it the phrase is, there’s some truth in it. But it’s what happens next that’s most interesting: How these “Yankee” transplants dig in and help build our community... Read More

At Western Wake Crisis Ministry in Apex, commercial grade freezers and refrigerators house donated milk, eggs, meats and other perishable goods, to help those in need.

Hunger Happens: Western Wake Crisis Ministry helps

What’s for lunch? It’s an innocuous question, but for some local families the answer is nothing.

Hunger happens in our community, and the needs only increase as schools close for the summer, eliminating at-school breakfast and lunch provisions for the families who rely on them.

“There’s no face of hunger,” said Lori Towner, development director... Read More


Spring Spectacle

You see these women around town, looking effortlessly chic for every occasion. Get ready to meet four of them.

Local fashion mavens April Clark, Meghan Grant, Angela Jones and Molly Stillman each run popular style blogs, chronicling their daily outfits and fashion favorites for thousands of fans and followers online.

With spring upon us, Cary... 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.”

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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

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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