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

Outdoor Adventures: Play

Fleming Loop Park

Freshly renovated Fleming Loop Park beckons the young and young-at-heart to its multi-purpose fields, walking trails, picnic shelter and playground. A paved path encircles the expansive fields, great for scooters or pushing a stroller.

As the weather heats up, coveted shade sails shelter sections of the brand-new play equipment, outfitted with slides,... Read More

Outdoor Adventures: Paddle

Bass Lake Park

A popular spot for hiking and biking, Bass Lake Park also provides a peaceful escape on the water in your choice of a canoe, row boat or Gheenoe boat, available to rent through the boathouse for as little as $5 an hour. Boats are rented daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day,... Read More

Food & Dining

Restaurant Spotlight: The Blind Pelican

You don’t have to drive to the coast to find quality fresh seafood. Instead, simply visit The Blind Pelican in Holly Springs to enjoy first-rate fish, shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters and other ocean-centric delights.

Founded in 2019 by Andrew and Nikki Stafford, proprietors of the popular My Way Tavern downtown eateries in Holly Springs and... Read More

Fuel Up at Local Bakeries

Heading out for an adventure? Local, made-from-scratch goodies give you the energy you need to conquer the day. Bestow Baked Goods

Before embarking on these high-energy adventures, fill up with delicious baked goods from Holly Springs’ Bestow Baked Goods.

Grab a to-go box full of made-from-scratch breakfast offerings, such as sweet or savory scones, Chunky... Read More

Life & Style

Bark in the Park

The town of Holly Springs celebrated the opening of the town’s first dog park with a leash cutting and “paw-ty” on March 13.

Dozens of town residents, and their humans, attended the event to enjoy the sights and smells of the new facility.

With an acre to run and play, the off-leash dog park at... Read More

Meet & Greet: Danielle Castelli Strader

Torrenti Cycles owners, Danielle Castelli Strader and husband Phill, have been repairing bikes for more than eight years, and they opened a retail location on N. Main Street in Fuquay-Varina last March one day before the pandemic shut down temporarily closed the business.

Background: Born and raised in Fuquay-Varina. I worked at Elliotts Pharmacy and... Read More

Home & Garden

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

A Tale of Two Pretties

In the wide, wide world of plant selection appellations, rare is the occasion when two names are not only the same but are also tagged to top-tier introductions quite capable of adding dependable, elegant interest to any garden setting.

So, sit back and let me tell you the tale of “Amethyst Falls” and the two... 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