That’s a Wrap!

Look no further than Southern Wake’s local shops and boutiques for this year’s gifting needs. From jewelry to joggers, blankets to beers, unique and artisan goods await.

1. Holiday hair bow, $9.95 White ruffle tee, $20 Candy cane leggings, $14.95 SHOPPES ON MAIN

2. Handmade soaps from Sweet Carolina Soap, $8, and Lux + Lye,... Read More

Feelin’ Good Like I Should

Erica Tyler moved to Fuquay-Varina in 2015. The very first store she set foot inside was The Vine Natural Health Shoppe.

Tyler returned weekly to browse The Vine’s selection of herbal supplements and natural wellness products, becoming fast friends with the store’s then owner, Lisa Young.

This past April, Tyler enthusiastically became the shop’s new... Read More

Food & Dining

Restaurant Spotlight: Bestow Baked Goods

For every gathering of friends or family, especially those during the holiday season, Heather Sutton is tasked with bringing a cake.

“My love is cakes. There will always be cakes,” she says.

It’s no surprise, really, as Sutton is the owner of Bestow Baked Goods in Holly Springs, a bakery that specializes in custom cakes,... Read More

Dig In & Drink Up: Lemon Chicken Soup

Authentic Greek food awaits all who come through the door of The Gyro Spot in Fuquay-Varina. Whether you choose a classic gyro or souvlaki, a Greek salad or spicy tirokafteri cheese with pita bread, you’re guaranteed to find satisfying sustenance.

Among the fast-casual eatery’s most popular scratch-made menu items is the lemon chicken soup. Consider... Read More

Life & Style

Southern Wake Holiday Fails

When it comes to holiday fails, no one can compete with Southern Wake. Remember Fuquay’s #ParadeGate of 2017? It was a high-stakes (not really) fight between dance moms and the Chamber of Commerce over their placement in the Fuquay-Varina Christmas parade — the drama was off the chain. Small-town businesses got involved; FVM got involved;... Read More

See & Do: December to January 2024

WinterFest & Tree Trail DEC. 8–9, 4–9 P.M. TING PARK

Festive entertainment, a winter artisan market, Santa visits, and kids’ activities are topped off with the illuminated Tree Trail featuring themed trees decorated by community organizations. Presented by the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Happy Holly Days Parade DEC. 9, 10 A.M. HOLLY SPRINGS VILLAGE... Read More

Less is More

We love to show our clients how to do more with less, especially as the seasons change. For a fresh take on fall fashion, we focused on three unique pieces (a bright blazer, matching two-piece set, and a faux leather shirt) styled in different ways — an easy way to emphasize versatility and variety in... Read More

Home & Garden

Fresh Statement

Homeowners Jennifer and Leo Young love statement-making details, including antique furniture, grand staircases, and Tudor architecture. They also love open living, indoor/outdoor spaces, and quiet luxury, so the couple partnered with Spotted Interior Design to refresh an outdated home in Cary.

“We immediately saw great bones,” says Jennifer. “And it’s an extremely convenient location. We... Read More

From Ex to Z

Business partners and friends Dani Devinney and Tim Devinney share a unique living situation.

The pair met in the early 2000s, attended real estate school together, fell in love, got married, and together founded a real estate firm, New Native Realty.

“But about five years ago we decided to get divorced, … but we still... Read More


There & Back: Lexington

If you’re familiar with the North Carolina town of Lexington, you probably know it for the signature style of barbecue, revered statewide in the ongoing Eastern- versus Western-style showdown.

And for good reason — a dozen barbecue restaurants dot the town of 20,000 residents. The smell of hickory smoke practically infuses the air on Main... Read More

This Way to History

“This little piece of land, this northeastern corner (of North Carolina) is where it all started — where America started. The Lost Colony, First in Flight, so many firsts happened here,” says Tameron Kugler, Currituck County Travel and Tourism Director.

Currituck County is home to well-known North Carolina Outer Banks attractions such as Corolla’s quiet... Read More