K McKay

K McKay is the digital content writer at Our State. She is a graduate of Elon University, and was the spring 2017 digital intern at Our State. K loves meeting readers as she travels across the state, and is always ready to try a new restaurant.


Fall 2017 Music Festival Roundup

Mark your calendars and get your dancing shoes ready — there are still a surprising number of music festivals across the state to enjoy as warm summer days fade into fall.


Like a Local: Hendersonville

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in Hendersonville; much of what made the region a popular destination 200 years ago — like its agriculture, climate, and historic downtown district — are still important parts of its identity today.


Meet the Maker: Ole Mason Jar

Ole Mason Jar is creating more than just menswear, like their shirt that won first place in the Style category of Our State’s 2017 Made in NC Awards; they’re building a socially conscious, Southern lifestyle brand.

Home & Garden

Meet the Maker: Troutman Chair Company

Troutman Chair Company rockers have been swaying for nearly a century, so it’s hardly surprising they swayed the judges’ hearts and won first place in the Home & Garden category of Our State’s Made in NC Awards.

Arts & Culture

Meet the Maker: Blue Mountain Bowls

At Blue Mountain Bowls, the Overall Winner of Our State’s 2017 Made in NC Awards, local trees are given a new life as one-of-a-kind art pieces.


Like a Local: Elizabeth City

Elizabeth City is at the crossroads of history and revitalization. The result: a town where water, hospitality, and hometown pride are deeply revered, while new restaurants, the arts, and tourism are welcomed.


Best-Kept Secrets in the Triad: SKYWILD

Towering above the Greensboro Science Center’s Animal Discovery Zoo, SKYWILD is an adrenaline-pumping adventure course that entices visitors of all ages to try their hand at 60 aerial animal-inspired challenges.