Spreading Spring Cheer

Across town, the community is banding together to bring smiles to residents’ faces. Through teddy bears in windows, Christmas lights on houses and bouquets of flowers in parks, these random acts of kindness are keeping people smiling this season.

“It definitely helps bring a sense of caring and community feeling when you do something that... Read More

Making Fur-Ever Friends

For those without pets or other people in their households, life can be pretty lonely these days. That’s why now is a great time to think about adopting a furry friend from a local rescue.

“Pets are companions and provide a sense of companionship and comfort during stressful times for people,” said Molly Goldston, founder... Read More

Celebrate Easter at Home

With people trying to limit their exposure to others at the grocery store, consider ordering Easter lunch or dinner from your favorite restaurant. That’s right – sit back, relax and let restaurants do the cooking this year.

“We know we can create an Easter meal for our guests that they will love, feel at ease picking... Read More

Get Crafty at Home

Craft and hobby retail businesses are channeling their creative sides to provide their services to customers cooped up at home. With kits and art supplies to go, local shops make it easy to create a masterpiece in your own space. Wine & Design

At Wine & Design, painting canvas is the game. With a... Read More

Food & Dining

Umami Black Bean Burgers

If you’ve never tried a homemade black bean burger, this is a great time to make a batch. Especially if you’re looking for something new to make with all those canned beans!

A healthier alternative to beef, black beans are packed with fiber, protein and a starch that slowly burns energy — making you feel fuller,... Read More

Green Scene

Gone are the days when vegetables were relegated to side-dish status.

More people are embracing vegetarian and vegan diets for a variety of reasons — improved health, a smaller carbon footprint or a love of animals. What was once a fringe trend is now a mainstream mainstay.

At three local eateries, vegetable-forward menus are championed... Read More

Home & Garden

Garden Adventurer: Fringe Gardening

Like any garden adventurer, I occasionally grow odd plants from the fringe, but actually, I have gardened with the fringe for years. Let me explain. Many moons ago, on a whim, I bought a small fringe tree at the Farmers Market in Raleigh, and even after, I’ll admit, I haphazardly planted it in the first... Read More

A [Green] Thumbs Up for Gardening

If the spring weather has you eager to get outside, now is a great time to spruce up your yard.

“Gardening is definitely a mental health scenario, so being able to deliver essential supplies to people makes it a whole lot easier to weather the storm,” said Keith Ramsey, owner of Garden Supply Company.

Over... Read More

We Love

Pickleball is Popping

Grab your wooden paddle and a ball and head to the courts, because it’s time for pickleball. While western Wake isn’t as gung-ho about the sport as Kansas City, Mo., home of the first pickleball-themed restaurant – Chicken N Pickle – our neck of the woods certainly has its dedicated fans.

Most local pickleball players... Read More

On Trend: Buzzworthy Bee Supplies

Keeping bees out of our yards used to be the norm. We would grow anti-bee plants in our gardens and spray the stinging insects with chemicals.

“In literally 10 years, this completely flip-flopped,” said Keith Ramsey, owner of Garden Supply Company in Cary.

Without flowers to pollinate and an unwelcoming audience, the number of bees... Read More