On the Prowl

There’s a saying that “no fun stories ever began with someone who was eating a salad.” Replace eating salad with drinking a beer, and you’ve definitely set yourself up for a fun night.

That’s exactly how Fuquay-Varina’s Brewquay Prowler got its start — and we’ve heard it’s “Fuqin’” awesome.

The Brewquay Prowler, an open-air vehicle... Read More

The Bombshells of Local Beer

These days, North Carolina’s first female-owned microbrewery has a lot to celebrate. Winning a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival mere months before their sixth anniversary was a moment that Bombshell Beer Company owners Jackie Hudspeth, Ellen Joyner and Michelle Miniutti will not likely forget.

“We were competing against some of the biggest... Read More

The Aviator Empire

Mark Doble hates business plans.

The founder of Aviator Brewing Company finds them tedious and, in many cases, unnecessary. Doble much prefers the mix of hands-on ingenuity, aggressive growth and good fortune he’s employed over the last 11 years developing one of the most well-known brands in southern Wake County.

How then, did a homebrewer... Read More

Art in the Ordinary

In honor of our first Arts Issue, Main & Broad’s chief photographer, Jonathan Fredin, sought to capture the unexpected art hidden in each day.

Food & Dining

Beer’s Best Eats

In southern Wake, there’s no shortage of delicious chow to coax those beers down oh-so-smoothly.

Here are five of our favorites bites — big and small — to nibble with a cold one.

Bavarian Soft Pretzel Sticks

Move on out, yellow mustard. The Bavarian Soft Pretzel Sticks at Bass Lake Draft House are... Read More

Your Passport to Local Beer

With 14 breweries, bottle shops and tap rooms in southern Wake, can you visit them all? Tag us in your photos at Beer Passport locations on social!

@mbmagazinenc Use the hashtag #MainandBroad

Tag us & win prizes, swag and gift cards from local breweries!

Enter with photos posted on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter tagging @mbmagazinenc... Read More

Life & Style

Color Pop

Spring Trend: Pleats, Please

Just try not to twirl while wearing flirty accordion pleats. Wear with sneakers for daytime casual.


Designer Spotlight: The Painted Pearl

Designer and artist Courtney Frye started The Painted Pearl in 2012 with necklaces featuring hand-painted oyster shells she salvaged from the Carolina coast. The Painted Pearl’s collection of colorful... Read More

Jennifer Sanford Johnson

Childhood: I always loved being and playing outside. My parents always had a garden, but becoming a farmer was not something in my plan.

Plans Change: I got an associates degree in sustainable agriculture and started working at community farms in the Raleigh area, such as the Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm and the Well Fed... Read More

Home & Garden

Fringe Gardening

Like any garden adventurer, I occasionally grow odd plants from the fringe, but truth be told, I have gardened with the fringe for years. Let me explain. Many moons ago, on a whim, I bought a small fringe tree at the Farmers’ Market in Raleigh, and even after I haphazardly planted it in the first... Read More

The Dogwoods of Winter

If I told you I will be enjoying dogwoods in full flower this winter, you might think: (1) I’m still gulping spiked eggnog leftover from the holidays; or (2) some mad plant breeder has been tinkering with dogwood genes.

Neither is the case. Instead, I have become acquainted with the Japanese cornel dogwood (Cornus officinalis),... Read More


The Not-So Secret Garden

In the late 1920s, a plan was drawn up for an ornamental lake on Duke University’s campus. When the Great Depression hit and the economy shattered, the lake was the first thing cut out of the budget.

Instead, in 1935, a substantial garden full of irises, daffodils, small bulbs and annuals, was planted in the... Read More

The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson

Bankers know it as the birthplace of BB&T. Baseball fans know it for the Tobs collegiate summer baseball team. Tobacco buffs know it was once the “The World’s Greatest Tobacco Market.” BBQ critics die hard for Parker’s Barbecue.

A short drive from southern Wake county, Wilson and its 50,000 residents have a lot to offer.

... Read More