Olympic Bound

The Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex, tucked away down Green Oaks Parkway, may be off the beaten path in Holly Springs, but it is renowned as one of the top BMX training facilities in the nation.

The indoor/outdoor facility boasts varied terrain: box jumps, a foam pit, ramps, a jump line and plenty more, which... Read More

Rock On

It’s a warm night at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre in April. As the sun sets, a four-person band performs an eclectic combination of country twang, rock guitar and thoughtful lyrics.

It’s a one-of-a-kind sound created by brothers Landon and Aubrey Digh and their band 2Digh4 (pronounced two-die-four). This hometown group is familiar to many, hailing... Read More

Classic Cars Restored for Charity

John Hiester has always loved old cars.

With car dealerships in Fuquay-Varina, Lillington and Sanford, selling cars and trucks to area residents for 35 years, he likely loves all cars. But old cars generate a special, unique kind of excitement.

So last Spring, when the pandemic shutdown forced people to stay home and businesses to... Read More

Outdoor Adventures

Life in southern Wake County provides convenient access to plentiful natural entertainment through many nearby parks, lakes and greenways. With spring in full swing, now is the time to bust out of the house and explore new recreation, leisure and athletic adventures in the great outdoors. From a family stroll to a 30-mile bike trip,... Read More

Food & Dining

Breakfast is Served

While the early bird may catch the worm, breakfast in Southern Wake can’t — dare we say, shouldn’t — be contained to the a.m. hours. From sweet to savory, classic to creative, breakfast is, thankfully, offered around the clock at local restaurants and cafes that can’t wait to serve your most important meal of the... Read More

Restaurant Spotlight: Pimiento Tea Room

Confession time: Several years ago, when a sign appeared on a property in the Holly Springs Village District announcing the future home of the Pimiento Tea Room, we stalked the place on social media and drove by regularly to check on progress. After all, it’s not every day a restaurant pops up in a 180-year-old... Read More

Life & Style

A New Season for Style

A New Season for Style

A yearlong affair with leisure wear has left many of us at a style standstill. Not to worry, local boutiques are ready and waiting to guide us into a new season of fashion.

With these spring style ideas, which combine up-and-coming trends and some timeless classics, you can bring creativity and fun back into your... Read More

Meet & Greet: Pace Yourself Run Company

Pace Yourself Run Company was founded by a group of eleven running enthusiasts and friends who would plan their runs to-and-fro Holly Springs’s breweries and bottle shops. Ryan Monteleone, PYRC president, offers insights on the shop’s mission.

Goal Setting: We wanted to build something the community would be proud of, and make it a destination,... Read More

Home & Garden

Grow & Bloom: ‘Millenium’ Allium: More Than a Spellcheck

Millenium — if I had spelled this word that way on any of my eighth-grade English papers, a grade far south of “A” would have surely followed. But I’m a big boy now, and I can spell it any way I wanna.

Actually, ‘Millenium’ is not a spellcheck waiting to happen but rather the name... Read More

Grow & Bloom: Big Little Gardens

Last April, as the COVID crud was completely crimping everyday lifestyles, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal expounding the therapeutic vibes of starting a vegetable garden. But I wasn’t too surprised in September when the WSJ ran another story about many homebound, newbie gardeners throwing in the trowel because results fell far... Read More


There & Back: Pinehurst

It’s no secret that the quaint village of Pinehurst built its reputation upon one thing — golf.

Located an hour southwest of Holly Springs, the “Cradle of American Golf ” is a bucket list destination for fans of the game, boasting 10 courses nestled into the scenic landscape of the Sandhills. It is well worth... 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