The End of an Era: Farewell Mr. Mayor

As Mayor John Byrne of Fuquay-Varina and Mayor Dick Sears of Holly Springs both retire after 20 years, we celebrate their service and reflect on the milestones that have marked two decades of explosive growth in southern Wake County. Read on, below.

FAQs — The Maggy Awards: Best of Main & Broad

Introducing the Maggy Awards: Best of Main & Broad. Sure to be one of our most popular features, Main & Broad introduces its inaugural readers’ choice awards, highlighting your favorite restaurants, businesses, people and things to do in Southern Wake.

What exactly are the Maggy Awards?

Think of them as readers’ choice awards. Introduced by... Read More

Vote Now!

Introducing — The Maggy Awards: Best of Main & Broad Honor the Best of Southern Wake in dozens of categories, all decided by YOU!

Voting is open in the 2022 Maggy Awards — the readers’ choice contest that lets you name names and express your loyalty to local businesses and organizations that help make life... Read More

Building the Big Small Town

It all started with a dare.

That’s right — a 20-year mayoral career in one of the fastest growing N.C. towns started on a dare. Scratch that, a double dare.

The year was 2000; the wife of a town council member approached Holly Springs resident, Richard “Dick” Sears, about running for office.

“‘We need you... Read More

Food & Dining

Small Business Spotlight: Sweets and Stems

Back in 2010, graphic designer Anne Flanagan started a company called Raleigh Cake Pops. By 2013, she and a staff of 18 had made more than 250,000 custom treats. This included fulfilling orders for clients like PNC Bank, Sbarro and the New York Stock Exchange.

“I started with three cake pops on a table at... Read More

Drink & Be Merry

Turtle Latte The Mill, Fuquay-Varina

Specialty latte flavors at The Mill conjure visions of decadent desserts and delicious candy bars, with names such as Milky Way, Almond Joy, Turtle and Creme Brulee. Like their namesake treats, the lattes are smooth and rich.

“These flavors offer something for everyone. It’s great if you don’t like the... Read More

Life & Style

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: Explore New Bern

Do you want to go on a bear hunt?

Lace up your walking shoes, grab a camera, and get ready to explore New Bern. As the sister city to Bern, Switzerland — the word “bern” means bear in Swiss — the N.C. riverfront city adopted the bear as its mascot, and since 2010, artists and... Read More

There & Back: Paddle the Cape Fear River

Meandering from Jordan Lake to Wilmington, the Cape Fear River is perfectly placed through the town of Lillington to welcome paddlers to a variety of family-friendly activities.

Angier resident Ilia Smirnov fell in love with the river and the pastimes it enables 10 years ago, after he purchased Cape Fear River Adventures paddle sports company.

... Read More