Secret Spots to Beat the Heat

For Kids The Playhouse Children’s Museum  Fuquay-Varina

Tucked in the Broad Street Market shopping center, The Playhouse Children’s Museum welcomes families to explore imaginative play in their themed “houses.” There’s a hospital, grocery store, construction zone, and farm, each outfitted with realistic props, such as crutches and a cash register, providing hands-on play opportunities.

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Partner in Crime

The Fuquay-Varina Police Department added a dash more expertise this spring when a second K-9 team joined Officer Matthew Jeslis and K-9 Dash in the department’s K-9 program, which began in 2017 under former Police Chief Laura Fahnestock.

Officer Patrick Parker and K-9 Shadow graduated from Canine School at Ventosa Kennels in March, ready to... Read More

Hot Dog!

Owners Ryanne Jackson and Brandi Moore opened The Pooch Pad in 2010 in a small house on Fuquay’s Main Street. They’ve since expanded twice and now operate in a 6,000-sqare-foot facility offering grooming, boarding, doggie daycare, and training.

Jackson and Moore installed an in-ground pool for daycare and boarding guests to enjoy during the summer... Read More

Summer Music in Southern Wake

While there are plenty of places to attend outdoor concerts and enjoy live music in Raleigh, sometimes it’s nice to have a night out in your own little corner of the Triangle (plus, gas is expensive)! To make your life a little easier, we’ve rounded up a local list of live music hotspots in Southern... Read More

Food & Dining

Restaurant Spotlight: Aye! Toro Tacos & Tequila

Situated in a busy strip shopping center between a burger joint and a pizzeria, Aye! Toro Tacos & Tequila has hit its stride after just one year of business in Holly Springs.

From the outside, you might be fooled into thinking the spot holds a small, jewel-box sized dining room. But upon entering, you’ll find... Read More

Dig In & Drink Up: Strawberry Lemonade Boba Tea From Bep Vietnamese Kitchen

Downtown Holly Springs newcomer Bep Vietnamese Kitchen serves a mouthwatering menu of traditional pho, noodle bowls, and banh mi; however, the impressive drink menu merits a visit all on its own.

Iced fruit teas, traditional milk teas, fruit smoothies, and Vietnamese coffee are thirst-quenching treats for hot summer days.

“The fruit teas are very refreshing,”... Read More

Life & Style

See & Do: August to September 2022

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival August 5–6 Koka Booth Amphitheatre

It’s a festival celebrating many of the pleasures that Southerners live by — beer, bourbon, barbecue, boots, bacon, biscuits, and bluegrass! This two-day event corrals more than 60 beers, 40 bourbons, whole-hog barbecue, and lots of fixins’, informative seminars, lawn games, live music, and shopping.... Read More

Meet & Greet: Mo’Zari Bagley

2020 was a pivotal year for most of us, but for Mo’Zari Bagley, the pandemic shutdown charted a course to a new future that includes record deals, viral videos, and plenty of hometown support.

A native of Fuquay-Varina, Mo’Zari, who goes by Mo, was an outstanding athlete growing up. He started Fuquay-Varina High School playing... Read More

Home & Garden

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

Renovation Realities

If these walls could talk, they wouldn’t say anything because they are brand new — all except one.

When Diana Klar and her husband purchased a fixer-upper in downtown Fuquay, they intended to keep as much of the original structure as possible. Demolition uncovered problem after unexpected problem, including lots of rotted wood and even... 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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There & Back: Clayton

You may not think of Clayton as an epicurean destination, but passionate local business owners are out to change your mind with their energy, creativity, and Clayton’s downtown charm. Crawford Cookshop

Fans of Raleigh restaurants Crawford & Son and Jolie will delight in exploring a new establishment by award-winning chef Scott Crawford, but might also... Read More