2020 Gift Guide

Whether you’re shopping for teachers, neighbors, family or friends, the perfect present is waiting to be discovered right around the corner.

Consider these creative and colorful selections sourced from local shops in Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina.


1. Red velvet gnome cake pop, $4 each. Sweets & Stems. sweetsandstems.com

2. Salt &... Read More

Sights & Sounds of the Holiday

Sights & Sounds of the Holiday

From the Holly Springs Tree Trail at Ting Stadium, impressive gingerbread houses at Fuquay-Varina Arts Center and creative do-it-yourself light displays in Willow Spring, festive fun is all around us!

See these sights of the season, as captured by photographer Jonathan Fredin, in the gallery above.

2021 Words to Live By

I doubt any tears will be shed for the passing of 2020. However, despite the year’s overwhelming challenges, lessons in perseverance, resilience and innovation have surfaced, providing inspiration for a more hopeful 2021.

On the following pages, local professionals share their encouraging mantras for the new year, stemming from tough lessons learned navigating a global... Read More

Fitness Your Way

Derek Fox describes himself as a fitness “outlier.”

He’s one of those serious (perhaps crazy?) runner types who logs 60 to 100 miles per week — a habit he readily admits isn’t for everyone.

In fact, Fox’s passion for high-mileage running took off only a handful of years ago, when he made the choice —... Read More

Food & Dining

Holiday Cooking

There’s always comfort to be found in tried-and-true family recipes, especially in those holiday dishes that grace the table year after year. In the following pages, Main & Broad staff members and readers share their family’s favorite recipe traditions. Using a combination of store-bought and from-scratch ingredients, these delicious crowd-pleasers won’t keep you in the... Read More

Fera’wyn’s Chocolate Cafe

Delectable chocolate and other indulgences abound at Fera’wyn’s in Holly Springs, a locally owned shop with a story behind its peculiar name.

More than a decade ago, David and Joana Whittingham first encountered each other online while participating in role-playing game Neverwinter Nights. One of the characters in the game was named Fera’wyn, who was... Read More

Life & Style

Calling All Photographers!

Main & Broad is seeking entries for a special showcase of local photographers in its next issue.

Local professionals can submit to us your favorite photo from 2020. We are looking for photographs of all subjects and genres, including, nature, landscape, wildlife, lifestyle, family, events, travel, action, artistic, journalistic, etc.

Anything from a beautiful sunrise... Read More

Meet & Greet: Steve Gordon

Hometown: Fayetteville

Church History: 1820 is the year Piney Grove officially became a church. It was founded by a small group of believers — 13 women and 16 men — who were gathered under a brush arbor, just a crude shelter made out of sticks and brush to block out the sun.

The first building... Read More

Home & Garden

The Curious Case of the Christmas Cactus

When it comes to Yuletide oddities, the Christmas cactus is a real contender. True, its colorful, conical flowers can be festive additions to any year-end holiday setting, but all is not what it seems with this strange plant.

For starters, the Christmas cactus is not a typical cactus. It hails from the rainforests of South... Read More

Frilly-Dilly! The Crown Imperial Fritillaria

Fall is, of course, the prime time to plant bulbs of spring-bloomers such as tulips, daffodils and crocuses, but, while these pretties can add flash to the early growing season, they do tend to take on a sameness from year to year. That’s why it is fun to occasionally try out bulbs that are completely... Read More


There & Back: Pittsboro

Take a scenic drive across Jordan Lake on US-64, and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Pittsboro, known for its beverage game, music scene and small-town feel.

The Chatham County town of 5,000 boasts a Food Lion, one charming city block of downtown shops and restaurants and a growing art presence.

“It’s a wacky... Read More

Make Your Escape

Need to escape? (That was rhetorical; of course you do.) Consider these picturesque North Carolina destinations for a much-needed weekend away from reality. Blowing Rock

Escape summer’s heat with the winds of The Blowing Rock, a cliff overhanging the Johns River Gorge 3,000 feet below and North Carolina’s oldest travel attraction. The mountain outcrop received... Read More