Agent of Change

You’ll be hard pressed to find a stronger advocate for Holly Springs than Chanel Wilkins.

You may have already met Wilkins, offering a consultation at your home — she’s the co-owner of Agents of Clean professional cleaning company.

Or been encouraged by her at the Black Lives Matter march in Holly Springs last year, which... Read More

Big Ideas

Growth is the buzz word in southern Wake, and there are no signs of it slowing. Shaping that growth requires the passion and commitment of local entrepreneurs and town officials.

In our cover feature, area thought leaders share their visions for an engaged and informed community, fueled by innovations in technology, health care and media.

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Hospital Opening Delayed

UNC Rex Healthcare announced it will postpone the opening of the new Holly Springs hospital until November. Initially scheduled to open in September, the delay allows existing employees and new hires to care for patients at the main Raleigh hospital during the recent surge of COVID cases.

“This was a difficult decision, but we need... Read More

The Hospital Next Door

Big Idea: A hospital can adapt to a changing community. My conversation with Roy Tempke, COO of the new UNC Health Rex Holly Springs hospital began as do many of my interviews — discussing the rapid growth of southern Wake County and the area’s appeal to families with young children.

“Right now (residents) have to... Read More

Food & Dining

Restaurant Spotlight: Vieni Ristobar

It’s usually a good sign that a restaurant is worth visiting when all the tables are filled with patrons. Since opening in mid 2020, business at Vieni Ristobar Italian eatery in downtown Holly Springs has been bustling.

So, why is Vieni so popular? For starters, virtually everything is made from scratch daily, including the pasta.... Read More

Stiff Leg Belgian Tripel from Fainting Goat Brewing Company

HISTORY: Certain Belgian beer styles — singel, dubbel, tripel, quadrupel — are reminiscent of a baseball diamond, but have absolutely nothing to do with the sport, brewed originally by Trappist monks at Christian monasteries throughout Belgium.

Of the four Trappist ales, the tripel tends to be the third-highest in alcohol content. One of the theories... Read More

Life & Style

Express Yourself. Again.

During the year of the sweatshirt, many of us forgot that fashion can be an outlet for self-expression, choosing comfort over creativity in our daily wardrobe. To ignite fall fashion inspiration, we called on Triangle influencers to remind us that personal style is about looking good, feeling great and having fun … and maybe slightly... Read More

Meet & Greet: Chris Hinnant

Background: Originally from Wendell. Moved to the Holly Springs area in 1989. Started working for the town of Fuquay-Varina in 1996. The inspections department had only three full-time employees at that time.

Day to Day: We handle all building permits for new construction, additions or renovations to existing homes, along with commercial projects.

Can’t Stop.... 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: 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.

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There & Back: Pinehurst

It’s no secret that the quaint village of Pinehurst built its reputation upon one thing — golf.

Located an hour southwest of Holly Springs, the “Cradle of American Golf ” is a bucket list destination for fans of the game, boasting 10 courses nestled into the scenic landscape of the Sandhills. It is well worth... Read More