The February 2020 Issue

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From Elizabeth Hudson: Heart, Shaped

by Elizabeth Hudson

Our editor in chief carries on a sweet Valentine’s Day tradition started by her father.

Quiz: North Carolina Music Venues

by Alan Hodge

Our state’s performance venues bring talent from around the world — and just around the corner — to North Carolina music lovers.


Welcome Home

Downtown: Clayton

by Jodi Helmer

A new performing arts center inspired a wave of creativity in this Johnston County town.

All Original: A Lindley Park Home Transformation

by Susan Stafford Kelly

When Margaret Winslow gutted her century-old Greensboro home, she discovered charming character hidden by layers of history.

A Love Note to North Carolina:
On the Same Page

by Drew Perry

Remember your first library card? It was a passport to anywhere. Across the state, local libraries still connect us to the world, and to each other.


Hayes Barton Café and Dessertery Celebrates Family Style

by Chloe Klingstedt

At this Raleigh restaurant, friends and neighbors gather for homey entrées, famous layer cakes, and memories of those who came before.

Southern Sweethearts: 4 Recipes That Combine Classic Ingredients

by Lynn Wells

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make it from scratch: Each of these recipes combines two classic Southern ingredients for one delicious dish.

Restoration Restaurants

Filling Station Turned Five-Star Restaurant: Star Diner

by Ronni Lundy

In tiny Marshall, a new bright spot has appeared on the Blue Ridge Mountains dining scene: Star Diner. Located in a former gas station, this acclaimed restaurant is one of many local businesses reinventing retro spaces.

Full Service: 6 Vintage Gas Stations Serving Up Quality Bites

by Jimmy Tomlin

Why are vintage gas stations the hot new destination for two-handed burgers, fancy grilled cheeses, and local pints? Think: location, location, location.

Mount Pleasant Restaurant Reawakens Downtown

by Lori K. Tate

A group of physicians brings a healthy community spirit to a new restaurant in an old Cabarrus County hosiery mill.

London on the Pamlico: The Hackney

by Sheri Castle

Farm-to-fork dining gets a posh polish in a historic bank building in Washington.

Food Halls Offer a Tour of Tastes

by Andrea Weigl

At the junction of sweet and savory, East and West, old and new, is the food hall: a local food court reimagined into a deliciously diverse gathering place.


Artist Selma Burke’s 1943 Presidential Portrait Might’ve Inspired Dime Design

by Jeremy Markovich

In 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt sat for a portrait by a young African-American artist from Mooresville. Decades later, historians still want to know whether Selma Burke’s sculpture inspired the image on the dime.

Painted Carolina: An Our State Gallery Featuring Our Favorite NC Paintings

by Katie Saintsing

The Great Blizzard of 1960

by Philip Gerard

The decade blows in with a series of winter storms that threaten to incapacitate the High Country. But residents are resilient — and the rest of the state mobilizes to help.

The Much-Maligned (but Secretly Awesome) Opossum­­­

by T. Edward Nickens

Pity the poor opossum: Our state marsupial has been vilified for centuries. Now, an advocate makes the case for rethinking its reputation.


Wilson, 1952: Happy Feet

by Jeremy Markovich

The 1950s hit song “Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy” by Red Foley inspired Wilson’s shoeshining competition and Curtis Phillips’s smooth moves.