Scrap That

Ben Harris has always gone against the grain.

A sculptor of whimsical metal forms, he is a one-of-a-kind artist, but not by his own admission.

Born and raised on a farm in Fuquay-Varina, Harris remembers even in his elementary years, as a student at the Fuquay-Varina Consolidated School, not being able to keep pace.

“I... Read More

Mixed Perspective

“Making is my motivation,” says Fuquay-Varina’s creative guru Ann Marie Amico.

The process of creating forms the bridge that connects every aspect of Amico’s body of work, which includes mixed media artistry, brand design and community leadership.

“I come from makers — everybody in my family got a different degree in college, but they’ve all... Read More

History Remembered

Holly Springs recently installed a new signpost commemorating a historic elementary school that served the community for more than 50 years.

This special event may not have occurred without an accidental mix up between two men named Randy Harrington.

The Holly Springs Rosenwald School, later named Holly Springs Elementary School, stood on the site of... Read More

The Art of Perseverance

The term “ninja” has many associations in present day vocabulary.

There’s the stealthy Japanese warrior figure. Or a person with exceptional skills in a particular area, such as a culinary ninja. And an obstacle-surmounting, high-flying athlete, like those competing on “American Ninja Warrior.”

Going back to the word’s origin, however, ninja signifies perseverance, which very... Read More

Food & Dining

Restaurant Profile: Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi

Since opening in 2019, Osha Thai Kitchen & Sushi has steadily made downtown Holly Springs a destination dining spot.

Perfectly situated in a corner parcel in the ever-growing downtown village district, Osha, which means “tasty” in Thai, is a modern, family-friendly restaurant. Its popularity extends throughout Western Wake, as Cary Magazine readers have honored the... Read More

Last Call & Quick Decisions from SideBar in Cary

The cocktail was created by Jeff Kinard, who partnered with Matt and Catherine Bettinger to open SideBar in downtown Cary.

“It has been part of our menu since we opened and is a favorite among guests and staff,” said Matt Bettinger.

Last Call & Quick Decisions

1 ounce blended scotch 1 ounce bonded bourbon 1/2... Read More

Life & Style

At-Home Art

Crazy Glaze Ceramics at Home

Kids and adults will enjoy the to-go creative kits from Crazy Glaze Ceramics & Art Studio in Fuquay-Varina. Pottery projects, such as the “Sweet Start,” with two coffee mugs, creamer and sugar bowl, come with glaze brushes and a color palette of five pre-selected colors. Canvas painting kits include a... Read More

Meaningful Moments from 2020

Despite cancellation and postponement of many of last year’s special events, beautiful scenes of love and life remained.

Local photographers showcase their favorites.

Santa’s elves invaded Fuquay-Varina this past Christmas to bring a special mailbox for kids to write letters to Santa. Along the way, they stopped to dance and teach about other family-friendly safe... Read More

Home & Garden

A Tale of Two Pretties

In the wide, wide world of plant selection appellations, rare is the occasion when two names are not only the same but are also tagged to top-tier introductions quite capable of adding dependable, elegant interest to any garden setting.

So, sit back and let me tell you the tale of “Amethyst Falls” and the two... Read More

The Curious Case of the Christmas Cactus

When it comes to Yuletide oddities, the Christmas cactus is a real contender. True, its colorful, conical flowers can be festive additions to any year-end holiday setting, but all is not what it seems with this strange plant.

For starters, the Christmas cactus is not a typical cactus. It hails from the rainforests of South... Read More


There & Back: Downtown Sanford

It all started with ugly walls downtown.

Well, eliminating ugly walls downtown, that is.

In 2015, Liz Whitmore, a historic preservation planner for the city of Sanford proposed ideas for a series of murals and public art projects that would “polish a lump of coal into a diamond.”

The goal was to “recognize historical figures... Read More

There & Back: Pittsboro

Take a scenic drive across Jordan Lake on US-64, and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Pittsboro, known for its beverage game, music scene and small-town feel.

The Chatham County town of 5,000 boasts a Food Lion, one charming city block of downtown shops and restaurants and a growing art presence.

“It’s a wacky... Read More