June 2017

Flower Power

Jun 5, 2017 Christa Gala
Two stay-at-home moms discover the untapped market of flower bars. Ever heard of one? The concept just could be their crowning glory. Imagine attending a wedding or baby shower, but instead of leaving with a […]
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Chain Reaction

Apr 10, 2017 Christa Gala
Southern Living named Raleigh among the “Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South,” and last year Zagat named us #19 in its “26 Hottest Food Cities.” Independent restaurants are flourishing, and national chains are knocking. […]
Shepherds Pie with Guiness
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Pubs We Love

Feb 1, 2017 Christa Gala
February is pretty much the month of hibernation in the South. We’re impatient to get on with warmer weather—especially since the delight of the holidays and the suspense of the Super Bowl is over.  February […]
December 2016 / January 2017

The End of Fast Fashion?

Dec 14, 2016 Christa Gala
Julie Majkowski is sick of “fast fashion,” the mass-produced clothing churned out every season by the big box stores. “The fabric of late is of terrible quality,” says the owner and designer of Random 434 […]
December 2016 / January 2017

Shop for a Cure

Dec 7, 2016 Christa Gala
Attending a neighbor’s barbecue benefitting the Avon Walk to cure breast cancer (called Avon 39) was all the inspiration Debbie Cain needed to get involved.  Cain, owner of Inspirations Home Décor and More on Glenwood […]
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Fiddle Me This

Nov 14, 2016 Christa Gala
Could you win a violin just in time for the holidays? Student Katelyn Martin tried twice before finally winning a custom-made violin from wood carver Mike Anderson. That’s two essays she had to write; the […]
October 2016

Business in a Bag

Oct 31, 2016 Christa Gala
Four years ago, Jenny Ross woke up in the middle of the night with a business idea that just happened to fill a niche in the fashion industry. She applied for a patent, and Grateful […]
Feature Stories

Heads up

Sep 6, 2016 Christa Gala
The debate around concussions in sports and the responsibility towards athletes has been raging for more than two decades. In 1994, it was Troy Aikman’s concussion that shocked super agent Leigh Steinberg (the inspiration for […]
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On a Roll

Jul 18, 2016 Christa Gala
There are more than 60 food trucks in Raleigh spinning their wheels daily each with their own signature food style—from Creole cooking to cupcakes, barbeque to beignets. And each truck’s identity is literally driven by […]
piles of cardboard boxes
June 2016

The “Stuff” Negotiation

May 31, 2016 Christa Gala
Couples moving in together have the opposite problem they had a few decades ago. Today, it’s not about finding wooden crates to use as coffee tables. Instead, there’s a top-tier negotiation of what stays and […]
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