The May 2017 Issue

The May 2017 Issue

Backbones & Cornerstones: The Family Business

Keeping it local: Meet 100 family businesses that built North Carolina.

A Mother’s Day Tribute: When family ties are tested by military service, North Carolina Blue Star Mothers offer support.

It’s strawberry season! See the world’s largest berry, taste the berry best ice cream, and pick your own bounty.

Plus: Go beyond the greens with our chicken, bean, fruit, and pasta salad recipes.

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Travel

Memorial Day Weekend 2017
Guides

This Weekend in North Carolina: May 26-29

Your curated guide to events happening across the state this holiday weekend, from the mountains to the coast.

City Portrait: Mebane
Central

City Portrait: Mebane

The “hellos” from neighbors are sincere, the murals are welcoming, and the downtown beckons with good books and even better food. In this Alamance County town, there’s a sense of belonging.

Like a Local: Fuquay-Varina
Presented By Town of Fuquay-Varina

Like a Local: Fuquay-Varina

This Triangle town was once two: Fuquay Springs and Varina. The pair merged in 1963 in a joint effort to bring new economic growth to the area. Now, the unified town is seeing another renaissance, one that bears great beer, bread, and more.

Washburn's General Store
Arts & Culture

Family Traditions Run Deep at Washburn’s General Store

Once a stagecoach stop, Washburn’s General Store in Rutherford County is where the locals eat lunch and orders come in from around the world, although some stuff just isn’t for sale.

Colorful Blends and Eclectic Vibes Abound at Silver Coast Winery
Eastern

Colorful Blends and Eclectic Vibes Abound at Silver Coast Winery

Complex wine. Quirky artwork. Fancy cheese and Cheez Doodles. At Silver Coast Winery, simplicity is overrated.

Best-Kept Secrets in the Triad: Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company
Presented By Capital Subaru of Greensboro

Best-Kept Secrets in the Triad: Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company

This Piedmont-based outdoor adventure company is educating the community on the importance of preserving the Haw River, one paddle at a time.

Food

3 Bakeries Run by the Greatest Generation of Bakers
Dining

3 Bakeries Run by the Greatest Generation of Bakers

In 1942, the United States enacted its first food ration of World War II — on sugar. After the war was over, many returning soldiers headed to the kitchen to make their lives a little, well, sweeter. Today, three North Carolina bakeries that opened in the wake of the war endure. Their stories are our history. And their cakes are pretty tasty, too.

See Jane Bake, a Mother-Daughter Bakery in McAdenville
Dining

See Jane Bake, a Mother-Daughter Bakery in McAdenville

A mother-daughter team serves up cookies, cakes, éclairs, and more in a cozy storefront in Gaston County.

Recipes

Mama’s Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Taste of Southern food blogger Steve Gordon shows us how to make mouth-watering Southern buttermilk biscuits, just the way his mama taught him.

Our Daily Bread Serves Up Deli Classics in Downtown Boone
Dining

Our Daily Bread Serves Up Deli Classics in Downtown Boone

The owners of Our Daily Bread knew the iconic sandwich shop was something special when they bought it. And that was before they found out it was full of hidden treasures.

Mama's Egg Custard Pie
Recipes

Mama’s Egg Custard Pie

A blue ribbon winner to be sure, Egg Custard Pie is as classic as Southern desserts come.

Mom’s Prized Pineapple Pig Pickin’ Cake
Recipes

Mom’s Prized Pineapple Pig Pickin’ Cake

In North Carolina, Pig Pickin’ Cake is an essential companion to any good barbecue (noun, not a verb). After a heavy main course when we’re still craving something a little sweet, this traditional dessert satisfies with its airy, fruity topping.

NC Culture

Jennette's Pier
History

How Jennette’s Pier Became the People’s Pier

Jennette’s Pier has been built up and knocked down numerous times throughout the years, yet it steadfastly still stands today as a social hub for all on the Outer Banks.

Meet the Diamond Guys of Schiffman's Jewelers
Life

Meet the Diamond Guys of Schiffman’s Jewelers

Want a ring? A watch? A necklace? The Schiffman brothers will sell them to you. Want a chuckle? Try listening to the stories from a fourth-generation jewelry store that’s still doing some serious business.

Washburn's General Store
Arts & Culture

Family Traditions Run Deep at Washburn’s General Store

Once a stagecoach stop, Washburn’s General Store in Rutherford County is where the locals eat lunch and orders come in from around the world, although some stuff just isn’t for sale.

Backbones & Cornerstones: 100 Family Businesses That Built North Carolina
Life

100 Family Businesses That Built North Carolina

This impressive list includes dozens of families, and their service shops, stores, factories, and farms that’ve made it to the third generation — and beyond.

Family Furniture Businesses Built to Last
Life

4 Family Furniture Businesses Built to Last

Furniture-making is still a family tradition — and big business — throughout the state.

Family Farms that Stand the Test of Time
Life

Family Farms that Stand the Test of Time

On centuries-old North Carolina farms, family history is as fertile as the soil.