The January 2019 Issue

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Welcome Letter: House Warming

by Elizabeth Hudson

Our State Quiz: Cozy Critters

by Alan Hodge

While we’re gathered ’round the fireplace with blankets and hot cocoa, animals across the state are staying warm in their own ways.


We Live Here

Neighborhood: Castle Street

by Katie King

A once-empty stretch of road in downtown Wilmington has transformed into an eclectic arts and antiques district.

Happy Hens and Highlands in Burnsville

by Katie Schanze

A couple in Yancey County started farming to connect with the land. But it’s their connection with Highland cows that has captured hearts around the world.

Boxcar Bar + Arcade in Raleigh

by Christina Cooke

As gamers guide Pac-Man to gobble up dots, they also get to enjoy their own beverages at this retro arcade with a tasty twist.

The Extra Ingredient in Greensboro

by Kaia Findlay

At The Extra Ingredient, a pair of high school sweethearts knows that a well-appointed kitchen is the first step toward creating great meals — and great friendships.

Carolina Skies

by Drew Perry

In Chapel Hill, the littlest celestial explorers find answers to their biggest questions in a room full of stars.


In Praise of Braising

by Lynn Wells

On long, chilly nights, these low-and-slow recipes warm the kitchen while tempting scents announce that something special is in the works.

Stone Table in Monroe

by Elizabeth Leland

For Union County diners, one chef’s modern take on traditional fare is a constant source of discovery and delight.

The Flour Girls Café & Bakery in Elizabeth City

by Katie Saintsing

Sugar and spice bring new life to a historic building on the Pasquotank River.


Dawn of the Dream

by Jeremy Markovich

An audience at a high school in Rocky Mount got an early preview of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic words, “I have a dream.” A long-lost audiotape of that 1962 speech casts new light on the meaning of his famous phrase then — and now.

The Warmest Room in Winter: Biltmore Conservatory

by Louise Jarvis Flynn

Come January, the hottest spot in North Carolina is in the mountains. Inside the Victorian conservatory on the grounds of Biltmore Estate — a jewel box of orchids, frilly fronds, and tropical flowers — every plant has a story.

Chilling on Middle Lane

by Bland Simpson

A shared wall between two Beaufort hangouts is both a bulwark against the cold and a heartwarming reminder that, in the off-season, coastal folks stick together.

The Our State Decades Series Keeps Rolling with the ’50s

by Philip Gerard

By 1950, The war that defined the previous decade is just a painful memory. The boys have long since come home, and people are moving fast and optimistically toward a bright future.

Ramblin’ Man: Flexible Flyer Daredevils

by T. Edward Nickens

When snow flies, kids head for the hills — the bigger and icier, the better.

Warm Fuzzies

A Living Tradition: Original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis

by Leigh Ann Henion

A shop that has its own zip code is sure to stock something for everyone.

Adventurers Wanted: Great Outdoor Provision Co. in Raleigh

by Robyn Yiğit Smith

In the Piedmont, all hikes, paddles, and camping trips seem to start here.

Going to the Coast: Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston

by Jeremy Markovich

When nature calls, this outdoor superstore in Kinston has everything you need.

Uncle Sam’s Closet: Delk’s Army-Navy Surplus Store in Asheboro

by Chip Womick

The Delk family turns military extras into civilian must-haves.


Carolina Calendar: January 2019

by Our State Staff

Whether you prefer to start the new year in the warmth of a theater or outside, running a marathon, there are plenty of ways to enjoy winter in North Carolina.

Seeing Stars

by Jeremy Markovich

In the mid-20th century a Greensboro nightclub attracted national acts. Today, it’s the stuff of legend.