Pets on Parade 2023


Get ready for cuteness overload thanks to this year’s reader-submitted pet showcase.

From rescue pets to purebred trouble, these animals have stolen their owners’ hearts.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in our Pet Parade! Subscribe to our email newsletter on mainandbroadmag.com, and follow @mbmagazinenc to stay... Read More

Right on Track

One of the best parts of community journalism is exploring the state to confidently highlight the standout attractions within the Triangle and across North Carolina. Earlier this year, the team from Cary Magazine (Main & Broad’s sister publication) punched their tickets on Amtrak’s Piedmont Regional line to craft an itinerary of family fun, art exploration,... Read More

Friday Night Lights

In 1962, about 3,400 residents lived in Fuquay-Varina. Raleigh had eight banks, six hotels, and 22,500 homes, according to Hills 1960 Raleigh City Directory. And Glenn and Marvin Simpkins built the Wake County Speedway on their family-owned land in south Raleigh.

Sixty-one years later, the Speedway still operates on the original plot of land off... Read More

Nonprofit Spotlight: DEGA Mobile Veterinary Care

Dr. April Gessner took a winding route to discovering her passion. Beginning with undergraduate school in graphic design, employment at an ad agency, then back to school for veterinary medicine, Gessner eventually decided (while volunteering in Costa Rica) that treating pets of low resource and unsheltered owners would be her life’s work.

Gessner’s veterinary career... Read More

Food & Dining

Dig In & Drink Up: Columbia West Coast IPA

It could be considered ironic for a brewery concept conceived during Covid to be based on global travel. Then again, the lack of travel opportunities during that time likely reminded Holly Springs residents Chris and Kelly Gallagher just how important new places, people, and experiences are.

“Anywhere you go, sharing a drink with locals is... Read More

Restaurant Spotlight: El Cantarito Bar & Grill

Downtown Fuquay’s newest multistory building features an anchor tenant that’s drawing big crowds for lunch and dinner. El Cantarito Bar & Grill serves quality Mexican cuisine in a modern environment and is situated in the lower level of The Q, a mixed-use development.

“Our cuisine is a bit more traditional than you’ll find elsewhere,” says... Read More

Life & Style

Making the Most of a Southern Wake Summer

I’ve lived in Fuquay-Varina for over 15 years, but somehow every summer takes me by surprise and turns my cactus crack into the Everglades. Between the months of June and August, there is literally nothing to do but sweat your way to the mailbox or be eaten alive by evil sky raisins that drain more... Read More

Standout Students: Holden Bierman

When I was in sixth grade, I spent my free time watching Saved by the Bell reruns and daydreaming about taking Zack Morris to the prom. When Holden Bierman was in sixth grade, he wrote a business plan for his e-commerce company, Coastal Cool.

Holden was an entrepreneur from a young age, says Stephanie Bierman,... Read More

Home & Garden

On the House

“If you build it, they will come.”

This classic line from the 1989 blockbuster Field of Dreams is certainly true for developers in Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina, both towns currently undergoing record growth and housing booms.

Great design starts with great inspiration, so if a new build or home renovation project is in your future,... Read More

How does your garden grow?

Earlier this year, the annual Fuquay-Varina Garden Tour, hosted by the Fuquay-Varina Garden Club, showcased eight homes to nearly 400 guests.

Main & Broad got an inside look at four of them.

The Andersons’ Downtown Garden

Since moving into their downtown Fuquay-Varina home more than 15 years ago, sisters Linda and Kim Anderson have worked... 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

There & Back: Sylvan Heights Bird Park

Entering the Sylvan Heights Bird Park means walking into a world where pink flamingos eat out of your hand, parakeets perch on your shoulders, and a scarlet ibis flies by an arm’s distance away.

The park, in Scotland Neck, NC, boasts the world’s largest waterfowl collection and the second largest bird collection in the US.

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