The Big Payback

Many of us own shares of publicly-held companies in our retirement accounts, so we’re familiar with the idea of shareholders getting a portion of the company’s profits as dividends.

But you don’t have to be a shareholder to share in the financial success of cooperative businesses.

Co-ops are owned by members, typically the company’s customers... Read More

Area’s Top Chefs Raise Money for Lucy Daniels Center  

Next week, the annual Cooking for a Classic competition fires up, and you can get a taste of the action.

The first round, from Monday, Feb. 25, to Thursday, Feb. 28, pits eight chefs against each other in a culinary showdown. Semi-finalists will proceed to a second round March 4-5. The winner will be decided... Read More

5 Easy Steps to Achieve Fitness Goals

January might be coming to a close, but now is a great time to make health and fitness resolutions for you and your family. Want to exercise more, lose a few pounds or train for a 5K?

We all start the year with good intentions, but if you’re like 80 percent of us, you’re likely... Read More

Nonprofit Leads Free Fishing Retreats for Cancer Survivors

What does fly fishing have to do with recovering from cancer?

A great deal, say the folks at Casting Carolinas, a nonprofit that sponsors free retreats for women surviving all types of cancer. Fly fishing, according to the website, encourages outdoor activity which has been proven to be important in the healing process. And learning... Read More

Food & Dining

Ditch the Marshmallows! Celebrate Savory Side of Sweet Potatoes

Anytime is a good time for sweet potatoes.

The nutrient-dense and delicious vegetable is available year-round in North Carolina, but it gets star billing everywhere in February – otherwise known as National Sweet Potato Month.

A favorite among Weight Watchers followers and Whole30-ers alike, the tuberous root is packed with calcium, potassium, and vitamins A... Read More

Sweet Ideas for Your Sweetie!

Nothing says “I love you” quite like gourmet chocolate.

Here at Cary Magazine, we’ve had the opportunity to sample some amazing treats. In honor of Valentine’s Day, may we suggest a few of our favorites?

Videri Chocolate Factory

At this bean-to-bar haven, each chocolate bar is hand-wrapped with love.

“When you open your box, two... Read More

Home & Garden

Here’s to a Tidy New Year

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or beautiful.”

These words by William Morris, the British designer and leader of the Arts and Crafts Movement, ring especially true at the beginning of each year, when we find ourselves eager to get organized. If we take a holistic approach, decluttering... Read More

The Early Spring of Winter Honeysuckle

My spring begins much sooner than yours does. No, I don’t “snow bird” down to a condo in Tampa, Fla., during the winter, nor do I book an extended Caribbean cruise for February. Instead, I have winter honeysuckle.

Closely related to the often-seen — and usually maligned — Japanese honeysuckle vines that fill the balmy... Read More

We Love

We Love! January/February 2019

We Love! January/February 2019

1. Out to Dry Add a pop of color to your kitchen or bathroom with these fun hand towels from Swagger, $14.95 each. swaggergifts.com

2. Olive the Accessories Complete your favorite winter outfit with this trendy and durable hobo bag, printed coin purse and beaded tassel necklace from The Perfect Piece; hobo... Read More

The Gift Guide

The Gift Guide

Looking for that something special? Share the spirit of the season with gift ideas from Cary Magazine partners.

1. Choco-luscious Videri Chocolate Factory offers chocolate bars and truffles made from the bean. Check out our hot chocolate mix or holiday crushed peppermint candy; full-size bars, $6-$7.50; truffles, $3 each; box of 50 mini bars, $65.... Read More