A Toast to Designed For Joy

Designed for Joy (DFJ), a nonprofit formed in 2017, is dedicated to providing women in crisis with stability and dignity through immediate employment and support.  

“Designed For Joy created a wealth of affirmation and love that watered a seed of hope within me,” said Designed For Joy Artisan Rhiannon. “The transformation I’ve experienced over this... Read More

Worth the Drive: September Festivals & Events 

Now that the weather is cooling down, festivals and events in Wake County are in full swing. From BugFest at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Sept. 16 to the Downtown Cary Fall Festival on Sept. 23, it is sure to be a September to remember. Feeling the itch to get out of... Read More

Food & Dining

Mobile Menus

Community-minded food truck chefs break out of the kitchen and deliver food straight to the people, fueling brewery trivia nights, town festivals, and neighborhood pool parties.

Catch these reader-favorite trucks, offering specialty regional and international cuisines, before they sell out for the day.

Mr. Puebla Tacos

“American-Mexican mashup” — that’s how Jessica Cather describes Mr.... Read More

Restaurant Spotlight: Smashed Burgers & Cocktails

In a downtown that already features Asian- and European-style cuisine, it’s only fitting that an American-centric restaurant would come along and join the growing Village District in Holly Springs. That’s where Smashed Burgers & Cocktails comes in.

Open since June, the new full-service concept is a welcome addition to the space that formerly housed Sir... Read More

Picked at the Peak

As the summer growing season slowly fades, enjoy the bounty of sun-ripened stone fruits and gleaming red tomatoes in these produce-forward recipes, developed by the team at Needmore Farms.

Heirloom Tomato Galette with Garlic-Infused Honey

The cornmeal crust is delicious and prevents the galette from having a soggy bottom. Infused honeys are available at Needmore... Read More

Dig In & Drink Up: Soda Your Way

Beat the heat with a refreshing stop at Fiiz Drinks soda shop in Fuquay-Varina, and treat yourself to one of the seemingly endless flavor combinations. Consider the Spider Monkey (Mountain Dew with passion fruit, guava, and banana flavorings), the Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Dr Pepper with cherry and pineapple), or the Diamond in the Rough... Read More

Life & Style

Stretching Your Food Dollar: A How-to Guide

I’m going to start this article off with some stone-cold facts.

We all moved to Southern Wake for the lower price point (don’t argue with me, Steve. No one likes being 25-35 minutes away from work).

Food prices are out of control and eggs can arguably be counted as dependents on your taxes.

Kids aren’t... Read More

See & Do: August to September 2023

Carolina Haitian Food Festival AUG. 26, 3–8 P.M. SOUTHEAST RALEIGH YMCA, 1436 ROCK QUARRY ROAD

The annual showcase of Haitian cuisine and community — the only one of its kind in NC — features shopping, live entertainment, food, special events, and a celebration of Haitian culture.

Tour Beth Bale Fine Art Exhibit THROUGH AUG. 27,... 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

This Way to History

“This little piece of land, this northeastern corner (of North Carolina) is where it all started — where America started. The Lost Colony, First in Flight, so many firsts happened here,” says Tameron Kugler, Currituck County Travel and Tourism Director.

Currituck County is home to well-known North Carolina Outer Banks attractions such as Corolla’s quiet... Read More

Home & Garden

On the House

“If you build it, they will come.”

This classic line from the 1989 blockbuster Field of Dreams is certainly true for developers in Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina, both towns currently undergoing record growth and housing booms.

Great design starts with great inspiration, so if a new build or home renovation project is in your future,... Read More

How does your garden grow?

Earlier this year, the annual Fuquay-Varina Garden Tour, hosted by the Fuquay-Varina Garden Club, showcased eight homes to nearly 400 guests.

Main & Broad got an inside look at four of them.

The Andersons’ Downtown Garden

Since moving into their downtown Fuquay-Varina home more than 15 years ago, sisters Linda and Kim Anderson have worked... Read More