A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

Season 2, Episode 12: NC Bee Exchange This beekeeping couple turned a honey hobby into a buzzing business in Albemarle. Watch It.   Season 2, Episode 11: Duvall & Co.

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

Season 2, Episode 12: NC Bee Exchange This beekeeping couple turned a honey hobby into a buzzing business in Albemarle. Watch It.   Season 2, Episode 11: Duvall & Co.

Meet the Maker

Season 2, Episode 12: NC Bee Exchange

This beekeeping couple turned a honey hobby into a buzzing business in Albemarle. Watch It.


Season 2, Episode 11: Duvall & Co.

Season 2, Episode 10: Joanne Blough


Season 2, Episode 9: Ritchie Hill Bakery

Cheese straw connoisseurs Heath and Charles Ritchie follow a 100-year-old family recipe to create a beloved (and addicting) Southern staple in Concord. Watch It.


Season 2, Episode 8: Mrs. Ruth’s Jams

Ruth Taylor’s award-winning jams, handmade in Apex with North Carolina ingredients, are worthy of your biscuit. Watch It.


Season 2, Episode 7: Parahdise Sculpture

Greenville sculptor Jordan Parah puts her heart and soul into stunning metal sculptures. Watch It.


Season 2, Episode 6: Silabar Fine Silver

At Silabar Fine Silver in Elizabeth City, artist Donna Sneed transforms metal clay into intricate, stunning silver jewelry. Watch It.


Season 2, Episode 5: Ken Hall Knives

In the mountains of North Carolina, knife maker Ken Hall turned a longtime dream into his one-of-a-kind, hand-forged creations. Watch It.


Season 2, Episode 4: The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

In Farmville, a philosophy professor-turned-craft brewer carved out a spot in the beer industry — and in his small-town community. Watch It.


Season 2, Episode 3: Shop Class

In New Bern, a longtime woodworker opens his workshop to the community. Watch It.


Season 2, Episode 2: Choice Cuts Leather

In Huntersville, Joel and Kerri Mills turn the highest-quality leather into beautiful — and functional — accessories. Watch It.


Season 2, Episode 1: Katie Crawford Art

Fayetteville artist Katie Crawford Allen combines the wonder of childhood with the wisdom of adulthood to create whimsical characters that bring imagination to life. Watch It.

Season 1, Episode 12: Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge

Seventy-two years after Red Bridges opened a beloved barbecue joint in Shelby, a third generation is carrying on the pit-smoked, hand-chopped tradition he started. Watch It.

Season 1, Episode 11: Broadslab Distillery

On his farm in Johnston County, Jeremy Norris is keeping his family’s moonshine legacy alive. Watch It.


Season 1, Episode 10: Belle le Verre

Catawba County artist Marietta Burke lets her passion and talent shine through her stunning stained-glass creations. Watch It.


Season 1, Episode 9: Artisan Leaf

This small business in Wilson is helping turn over a new leaf for tobacco by pioneering an innovative purpose for the plant. Watch It.


Season 1, Episode 8: Simply Natural Creamery

Neil Moye wanted to stand out in Greene County’s farming community. His Jersey cows helped him do it — and then some. Watch It.


Season 1, Episode 7: Lockman Pottery

In the Gaston County town of Dallas, potter Barry Lockman uses local materials to create artwork influenced by the natural world around him. Watch It.


Season 1, Episode 6: Regulator Marine

Joan Maxwell’s boats travel all around the world, but her company — and her heart — is anchored in Edenton. Watch It.


Season 1, Episode 5: The Helping Hand Project

Graduate student Jeff Powell is using 3-D printers and a network of volunteers to lend a hand to people with limb abnormalities. Watch It.


Season 1, Episode 4: Carolina Grain Co.

Lexington-based wood turner Andrew McCarn is putting a new spin on woodworking in this former furniture town. Watch It.


Season 1, Episode 3: Drexel Barber Shop

Drexel Barber Shop is a hub for internationally acclaimed bluegrass jams, but for owner Carroll Anthony, it’s always been about creating a community space for Drexel’s residents. Watch It.


Season 1, Episode 2: Buttermilk Boutique

Tie Whittaker’s sweet tooth runs in the family, and for five years, she’s used it to bring the down-home, Southern flavors of her childhood to her pastry company, Buttermilk Boutique. Watch It.


Season 1, Episode 1: Walker Banjos

The twang of banjos and the buzz of power tools have filled the Kinston home of luthier Marvin Walker for nearly 30 years. The fruits of his labor are stringed works of art that he often gives away to lucky — and usually unsuspecting — musicians. Watch It.

This story was published on Mar 13, 2019

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