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

Presented By ElectriCities of NC

Like a Local: Kannapolis

A city shared by Cabarrus and Rowan counties, Kannapolis is at an exciting juncture in its history, too. It’s the only city in the nation that has purchased more than 50 acres of its own downtown while leaders seek to revitalize it. From the community’s first brewery to a new baseball stadium, there’s a lot of exciting change to come in the next half-decade. Until then, we’re honoring the beloved institutions that already make Kannapolis a great place to live — and love.

This Weekend in North Carolina: April 21-23
Guides

This Weekend in North Carolina: April 21-23

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

Local Breweries are Crafting Communities Across the State
Eastern

Local Breweries are Crafting Communities Across the State

Sure, the beer’s great. But craft breweries are bringing something else to towns big and small: togetherness.

Highway 158 Coastal Travel Guide
Presented By Currituck Outer Banks

U.S. Highway 158 Coastal Travel Guide

Produce stands and hole-in-the-walls, local oddities and museums, a road trip to the beach is not just about the destination; it’s also about the journey. If you’re in northeastern North Carolina and heading toward the Outer Banks along Highway 158, there are plenty of roadside attractions that offer more than just a chance to stretch your legs.

4 Gas Stations with Pit Stop-Worthy Fried Chicken (Seriously)
Guides

4 Gas Stations with Pit Stop-Worthy Fried Chicken (Seriously)

So, you want to go on a pilgrimage to find the best fried chicken in North Carolina? Plan to stop at these gas stations. No, really.

April 2017 Beer Event Guide
Guides

April 2017 Beer Event Guide

April is North Carolina Beer Month, and there are events all over the state celebrating the beloved beverage. Download BEER NC to gain early access to monthly beer event guides.

Food

Don't Overlook the Fried Chicken at a Barbecue Joint
Dining

Why Is the Best Fried Chicken Often Found at Barbecue Joints?

Is it sacrilege to order fried chicken at a barbecue joint? Hardly. The best baskets of crispy, salty poultry goodness are often found at places better known for pork.

B.W. Keaton's Fried Chicken Legacy Lives On at Keaton's Barbecue
Dining

Keaton’s Barbecue: Where the Chicken is Dipped in a Secret Sauce — and Lore

B.W. Keaton got people’s attention when he started serving barbecue-sauced fried chicken at his restaurant in Rowan County. People are still talking, and the first question is always the same: How do I find this place?

Cakes Become Edible Sculptures at One Belle Bakery in Wilmington
Dining

Cakes Become Edible Sculptures at One Belle Bakery in Wilmington

Here, where the science of baking rises to an art form, cakes become extraordinary sculptures worthy of the weddings, showers, and birthdays they’re made to celebrate.

Meet the Founding Father of NC Craft Brewing
Drink

Meet the Founding Father of Craft Brewing in North Carolina

More than 30 years ago, one man in Manteo set out to open the state’s first craft brewery, and ended up changing the future of brewing in North Carolina.

Women in Brewing are Breaking the Pint Glass Ceiling
Drink

Women in Brewing are Breaking the Pint Glass Ceiling

Craft brewing is no longer just a boys’ club; at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville and beyond, women are making their mark in a male-dominated industry.

Drink

Introducing BEER NC – Our New App Dedicated to North Carolina Breweries

Download our new app, BEER NC, and find your new favorite North Carolina breweries. Plus, sign up for our monthly newsletter dedicated to all things NC craft beer.

NC Culture

Mipso, Coming Down the Mountain
Arts

Q&A: Mipso Releases Fourth Album, Coming Down the Mountain

Mipso’s distinct Southern sound has remained strong over the years, but the band’s evolution and growth is obvious. Join Mipso in celebrating its new record at the North Carolina Museum of Art on May 6.

Photo Essay: An Abundace of Azaleas
Home & Garden

Photo Essay: Spring in North Carolina Brings an Abundance of Azaleas

Springtime finds North Carolina in full bloom. Mountains to coast, in suburban yards and along remote trails, the azalea — perhaps more than any other native plant — brings Southern charm wherever it grows.

6 Tips for Planting a Bee-Friendly Garden in North Carolina
Home & Garden

7 Tips for Planting a Bee-Friendly Garden in North Carolina

As your begin your spring gardening, refer to these seven ideas that will help protect the pollinators in your yard.

How a Group of Students Saved Crowders Mountain
History

How a Group of Students Saved Crowders Mountain

In 1971, a group of college students marched to protect a Gaston County treasure from strip-mining. Forty-five years later, some of them reunited to march again.

Family Tradition: Fishing for Adventure
Life

Family Tradition: Fishing for Adventure

A day of sunshine and good company beside the French Broad River is a day well spent, whether or not the trout are biting.

A Church Choir is a Symbol of Togetherness
Life

A Church Choir is a Symbol of Togetherness

Arguably, choirs are the most visible aspect of a church service. For singers and listeners alike, choirs fill our hearts with a crescendo of joy.