Susan Stafford Kelly

Susan Stafford Kelly was raised in Rutherfordton. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Carolina Classics, a collection of essays that have appeared in Our State, and five novels: How Close We Come, Even Now, The Last of Something, Now You Know, and By Accident. Susan has three grown children and lives in Greensboro with her husband, Sterling.


Rhythm & Brews in Lexington

At High Rock Outfitters, explorers, beer enthusiasts, and music lovers find the perfect place for a tune-up.


Slice Pie Company in Raleigh

A father-daughter baking team started their Raleigh-based pie business after a win at the state fair, but their family’s baking secrets go back generations.

Home & Garden

Market Value in High Point

The largest home furnishings trade show in the world has been making High Point a destination for more than a century.


First Snow in North Carolina

In North Carolina, a forecast of snow sparkles with promise and possibilities: of a day to sled, to sleep in, and to see the landscapes of our state at their softest, quietest, and loveliest.


Melting Pot: Miso in Rutherfordton

When John and Jan Belleme wanted to make miso soup in the U.S., they searched for a place that matched the climates the soup required. What they found was Rutherfordton.