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

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.

All is Bright

Every year, Willow Spring resident Josh Sutton constructs a walk-through holiday light experience at his home.

Sutton invites friends and neighbors to guided tours of the trail, which is arranged in themed sections. There’s Elf Housing, Santa’s Toy Shop, a Christmas tree grove, a Star Wars display and even snow falling around Santa’s sleigh.

Sutton... 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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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.

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