You can help a local stylist launch Project Happy Hair Salon - here's how.

Project Happy Hair

You may know Robin Larsen Vitale from Twisted Scizzors Salon in Cary, the Cary Magazine Maggy Award-winning salon where she works as a master stylist.

What you don’t know is how Vitale spends her free time: Helping families at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake, in an expanding volunteer role she’s dubbed Project... Read More

A musical benefit in Apex will support Hawkwing, founded by Rochelle Ripley, center, to help Native Americans.

Music for Mankind

Here’s something you don’t see in Apex every day: Music. Food. And a chance to help the Native Americans living on reservations.

You’ll find all three at The Music Benefit for The People of The Cheyenne River & Standing Rock Reservations, hosted by the nonprofit Hawkwing on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Peak of the Vine.

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Mix up the Pomegranate Sage Martini, with this recipe.

Mix Up a Martini

Sages throughout the ages have mixed up magical elixirs for happiness and health. Now it’s your turn!

Take “sage” to the next level with this Pomegranate Sage Martini recipe, featuring pomegranate juice full of antioxidants for health.

Modern Pomegranate Martini

1 1/2 ounces of your favorite vodka

1 ounce fresh sage simple syrup, recipe below

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Be Your Own Valentine

You don’t have to wait around for flowers and chocolate this year … you can invest in yourself instead, by taking part in the Carolina Business Woman Conference.

With expert speakers and workshops on topics from building confidence to managing cash flow and maximizing the use of social media, this first-time event is an offshoot... Read More

Restaurant Row

Wayne Alcaide and his wife Kristyna own The Provincial in Apex. The bistro is known for its seafood and straightforward menu.

The Provincial

Fresh. Simple.

These two words epitomize the gastronomic philosophy of The Provincial, an up-and-coming eatery in downtown Apex. The owners also have inscribed them as a credo on the restaurant’s front window, menus and website.

“It’s all about taking fresh, simple, quality ingredients and letting them shine on the plate,” said chef-owner Wayne... Read More

Ruckus bartender Karin McDaniels prepares a drink with apricot-infused vodka. The strawberry-infused vodka, left, goes into the popular strawberry lemonade.

Still Raising a Ruckus

What began as a lone hole-in-the-wall college bar churning out hot pizza and cold beer has evolved into a multi-unit, family-friendly dining destination. Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits ranks among the area’s most well-regarded restaurants, as the readers of Cary Magazine attested in the recent Maggy Awards poll.

Ruckus scored the top honor in... Read More

Home & Garden

Place a flat rock in the center of the birdbath to offer a safe perch for small birds.

A Better Birdbath

Birdbaths are welcomed additions to any garden scheme because they provide fixed points of visual interest in seasonally changing landscapes, and of course, because they are desirable watering holes for many feathered friends.

So whether you have one or are thinking about adding such a handy hardscape feature to your garden this year, here... Read More

Variegated cast iron plants such as Aspidistra ‘Spek-tacular’ can be a lively alternative to the hardy deep green more commonly seen.

Secrets of the Cast Iron Plant

The cast iron plant (Aspidistra sp.) is as advertised because only a dedicated, demented brown thumb gardener has even the remotest chance of killing it. This is a tough plant that can take plenty of abuse and neglect while remaining constantly pretty in almost any indoor setting. Its long, strap-like, deep green, shiny leaves pleasantly... Read More

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We Love!: February 2017

1. Fight the cold Naturally Me Winter Skin Sampler Set with body scrub, all-over body butter, oatmeal soap and a soy candle, $16.99. naturallyme.us

2. Makes scents Naturally Me founder Chaundra Smith donates $2 from each sale of her Dessert Candles to a Single Parents Scholarship at Durham Technical Community College. Strawberry shortcake... Read More


We Love!: January 2017

1. Steady on Shashi cool feet socks have slip-resistant grippers that help you stay stable and grounded, whatever your pose; blue, $15; metallic burgundy, $17; red with leopard trim, $17. StudioVibe

2. Bright spot Swiftwick Aspire socks wick away moisture to keep feet dry, and bright colors help make riders more visible... Read More