Jodi Helmer

North Carolina-based journalist Jodi Helmer writes about food, farming, and the environment.


Downtown: Graham

Bursts of color on city walls, in shop windows, and on restaurant tables are transforming downtown into a vibrant center for the community.


Downtown: Wilkesboro

When a couple from out of state ventured off the highway in search of a peaceful place to stop, they discovered musicians and makers, outdoor adventures, farm-to-table fare, and friendly neighbors.


Around Town: Hillsborough

This small town on the Eno River might fly under the radar in comparison to its bigger neighbors, Durham and Chapel Hill, but its history and charm set it apart.


Around Town: Southern Pines

Shop for handmade creations, take a peek into the past, and play a round in this paradise in the pines.


Makers with a Mission

At R.Riveter in Southern Pines, each handbag represents a commitment to changing the lives of military families.


Highland Avenue in Hickory

In Hickory, a city that prides itself on craftsmanship, Highland Avenue restaurant’s thoughtful take on Southern cuisine fits right in.