Small Business Spotlight: Code Ninjas

At Code Ninjas, stealth teaching is the weapon of choice.

By building video games, children aged 7 to 14 learn logical-thinking, problem-solving and computer programming. Along the way, these “ninjas” also sharpen their math and reading skills. However, every activity is pressure-free and focused on fun.

“The last thing they want to do after school... Read More

Price of Popularity

If you are seeking outdoor adventure, Raven Rock State Park likely has what you’re looking for.

On nearly 5,000 acres in Harnett County, the park contains hiking, mountain biking and bridle trails, campsites and a picnic shelter.

The Cape Fear River flows through the middle of the park, offering fishing, paddling and scenic river views.... Read More

Meet the 2019 Movers & Shakers

Success means something different for every leader: hard work, perseverance, gratitude, incremental wins, a trusted team, a client’s smile, a goal met or a hot meal.

We know, because we asked 25 young professionals about their work, their inspiration, their challenges and their accomplishments. These Movers & Shakers are shaping the future of our community... Read More

Food & Dining

Meat and Greet at the Peak City Pig Fest

This weekend’s Peak City Pig Fest is a time to see friends, have some fun and enjoy some seriously good North Carolina barbecue in downtown Apex.

Now in its eighth year, the Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event features 48 cook teams competing for more than $12,000 in prize money. Teams will be competing in four... Read More

Doughnut Sundaes: The Best of Both Worlds

Does National Doughnut Day on Friday, June 7, have you hankering for a sweet treat? Why not add a scoop of ice cream for a taste worth celebrating?

Two local businesswomen have joined forces to create a summer special reminiscent of childhood birthday parties — but better.

Duck Donuts has offered doughnut sundaes before, says franchise... Read More

Home & Garden

Garden Adventurer: Attracting Dragons

Have you ever noticed how dragonflies seem to become one with the tippy-tops of car antennas during the summer? Sure, not every auto aerial finds a dragonfly fully parked, but it happens quite often.

Why dragonflies pick such perches varies between love and war. One school of thought is that the peak of an auto... Read More

Carolina Reaper: Hottest of the Hot

When it comes to peppers, many adventuresome gardeners seek out the hottest of the hot. The temptation draws them like moths to flames, and possessing a pepper with such ultimate scorch equates to having a rock star growing in the veggie patch.

Currently, the pepper that resides on top of the molten heap is ‘Carolina... Read More

We Love

Petal Power

“Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking.”

Miranda Priestly from “The Devil Wears Prada” may have been skeptical of florals resurging each spring, but we sure aren’t. Bring on the blooms, the brights, and by all means ladies, go get yourself a jumpsuit.

“Every gal needs a pair of paper bag waist pants in her life — the... Read More

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