Juneteenth: Past and Present

“It’s important to note that during Juneteenth here in North Carolina … history rewards those who seek it out,” says cultural historian Darrell Stover.

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, meaning its history is one of joyous celebration as well as somber reflection and remembrance, particularly in the South.

Since... Read More

Boredom Busters

Experts say a dose of boredom sparks imagination, but every summer there comes a point when kids and teens just need to Get. Out. Of. This. House. When that day comes, look to these three local businesses for a dose of adventure and a heap of fun. Mad Splatter Apex

Craving an art experience with... Read More

Go for Gold

Josh Betts, Holly Springs High School student, describes the school’s Winter Guard show, A Small Light, “like nothing else you’ll see.”

Betts dances and spins across the gym floor, in time with 15 fellow schoolmates, rehearsing A Small Light until it is near perfect in execution and artistry.

The sport of winter guard, akin to... Read More

A Storm is Brewing

Wake County Public Schools introduced a new high school sport for the 2023–2024 school year: girls’ flag football.

Twenty schools participated in the inaugural season, including teams from Holly Springs High School, Fuquay-Varina High School, and Willow Spring High School, totaling nearly 500 student athletes overall.

A grant from the Carolina Panthers helped get the... Read More

Food & Dining

Restaurant Spotlight: Nightingale Rooftop Restaurant & Bar

If you’re like many people who visit Nightingale Rooftop Restaurant & Bar for the first time, you’ll likely encounter the same reaction: It doesn’t feel like you’re in Holly Springs. Instead, it seems like you’ve been transported to an elevated hideaway in a major city.

“We’re trying to provide a unique experience people can’t find... Read More

Dig In & Drink Up: FRESH. Local Ice Cream

The downtown Holly Springs storefront marks the fourth Wake County location of FRESH. Local Ice Cream — one that owners Jason and Casey Hillman looked forward to for years.

“We live in Holly Springs. It’s our hometown. We’ve been wanting to be downtown for five years,” says Jason Hillman.

After renovating and adding a spacious... Read More

Life & Style

Faces in Places

They’re everywhere, in case you didn’t notice — faces in the most unexpected places. Pareidolia, or the human ability to see faces in random and inanimate objects, explains why some people see a man on the moon or the Virgin Mary on a grilled sandwich. Take notice of your surroundings, and you may find them... Read More

Summertime Dos and Don’ts

In case you can’t tell by the rivulets of sweat running down your back and into your nether regions, summer has arrived. It’s too hot to sit outside on your patio, you can’t hike a trail without becoming a bug sacrifice, and you’ve got approximately five minutes to let your dog pee in the backyard... Read More

Meet & Greet: Joe Sherrier

Joe Sherrier jokes that it was “time to turn pro” and create a career out of a lifelong love of music and wine.

Sherrier, along with his wife, opened Wine 100 — a neighborhood hangout, bottle shop, and tasting bar — in the Holly Springs Village District at the end of 2023.

Inside, bottles of... Read More

See & Do: June to July 2024

Free Family Movies Thursdays at 6:30 P.M. Holly Springs Cultural Center

Skip the theater and enjoy movie night on the town instead, screening classic family favorites and some new hits for the whole family at the Holly Springs Cultural Center theater.

6/12 Cars 6/20 Brave 6/27 The Super Mario Bros. Movie 7/11 Trolls 7/18 Epic... 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


Worth the Drive

Expand your surroundings and your palate with a jaunt to one of these unique dining destinations. Farm-to-table fare, in-house distilled spirits, and international flavors make these restaurants worth the road trip.


Chef Lon Bounsanga, formerly of Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana, opened his newest Laotian restaurant on the edge of the new Downtown... 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