Park It!: Cary’s Park de Triomphe

Downtown Cary Park officially opened to the public on Nov. 19, 2023 — and in doing so, fulfilled more than 20 years of dreaming and planning, introducing an innovative urban oasis that spans 7 acres between Academy, Walker, Park, and Walnut Streets in Downtown Cary.

“I love the excitement and wonder that I see on... Read More

Park It!: Stay and Play at Pleasant Park

Patrick Fitzsimons has found his happy place — in his new office at Apex’s Pleasant Park.

“I look out the window, and I see people practicing and playing on the athletic fields. It’s a tiered park, so there are spots where you can be at the top of the hill and look down and see... Read More

Food & Dining

Restaurant Spotlight: Spazio Vino & Cucina

After living in Holly Springs for nearly a decade, Italian chef Paolo Gavazza finally found a restaurant close enough for him to walk to work. Of course, it helps that he bought the place.

Spazio Vino & Cucina, a cozy 40-seat eatery, represents the fulfilment of a longtime vision for Gavazza. In case you are... Read More

Dig In & Drink Up: Moonlight Liquor Lounge

Moonlight Liquor Lounge — a moody cocktail bar with a touch of Mad Men-esque mid century style — opened in the Varina downtown district last September.

“The area here clearly has beer handled,” says Moonlight owner Ken Yowell, who also owns Oak City Meatball Shoppe in downtown Raleigh. “The building had the bones of a... Read More

Life & Style

The 2025 Triangle Dog of the Year Calendar Contest benefits Charley's K9 Rescue.

Triangle Dog of the Year Calendar Contest

The 2025 Triangle Dog Of The Year Calendar Contest is underway — does your pup have what it takes to be a star?

Raleigh-based pet and rescue photography company Five Freedoms Photography is partnering with Charley’s K9 Rescue as this year’s fundraising recipient. The Butner-based nonprofit aims to help overlooked bully breeds in high-kill shelters in... Read More

Meet & Greet: Shirley Simmons

Shirley Simmons has one of the best memories in the town of Fuquay-Varina. Fellow docents at the Fuquay-Varina Museums complex say she is a “walking history book” or has “more knowledge in just a corner of her brain.”

“I love history,” Simmons says. “It’s interesting to discover what you can find out.”

A former high... Read More

FV vs. HS — Let’s Talk About It

For those who claim no rivalry exists between the towns of Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina, stop lying. Anyone who’s been in Southern Wake for more than five minutes knows that Holly Springs is the Eagleton to Fuquay’s Pawnee (Parks and Recreation reference — look it up, I’m not pandering to your ignorance).

Every small town... Read More

See & Do: February to March 2024

Valentine’s on Ballentine FEB. 10, 3–6 P.M. HOLLY SPRINGS CULTURAL CENTER

Enjoy a sweet celebration of Valentine’s Day with a family dance, photo opportunities, snacks, crafts, and activities for the whole family. Timed tickets available through Holly Springs Parks and Recreation.

Ramadan & Eid Artisan Festival FEB. 11, 11 A.M.–2 P.M. THE LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT, 1127... Read More

Home & Garden

Fresh Statement

Homeowners Jennifer and Leo Young love statement-making details, including antique furniture, grand staircases, and Tudor architecture. They also love open living, indoor/outdoor spaces, and quiet luxury, so the couple partnered with Spotted Interior Design to refresh an outdated home in Cary.

“We immediately saw great bones,” says Jennifer. “And it’s an extremely convenient location. We... Read More

From Ex to Z

Business partners and friends Dani Devinney and Tim Devinney share a unique living situation.

The pair met in the early 2000s, attended real estate school together, fell in love, got married, and together founded a real estate firm, New Native Realty.

“But about five years ago we decided to get divorced, … but we still... Read More


Get a Room

Japandi Dome

Marina and Gene Huneycutt’s 2-acre property “feels like a little piece of countryside,” nestled in a quiet section of northwest Durham, only a 15-minute drive from downtown Durham, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill.

“I love the idea of having people in my home and caring for them,” says Marina Huneycutt.... Read More

There & Back: Lexington

If you’re familiar with the North Carolina town of Lexington, you probably know it for the signature style of barbecue, revered statewide in the ongoing Eastern- versus Western-style showdown.

And for good reason — a dozen barbecue restaurants dot the town of 20,000 residents. The smell of hickory smoke practically infuses the air on Main... Read More