W.E. Nixon Welding & Hardware Thrives on the Edge of Nowhere

It’s out of the way, 12 miles from Edenton in the rural countryside of Chowan County. But once you arrive, W.E. Nixon Welding & Hardware has whatever you need. And if not, they’ll make it for you.


Meet the Ferryman of the Outer Banks

Getting to Portsmouth Island from Ocracoke has never been easy, but one family has made it possible for the past 40 years. Will the next generation continue the tradition? Time will tell.


Family Roots Run Deep at Vanguard Furniture in Hickory

The new guard at Vanguard Furniture looks a lot like the old guard: In Hickory, a second generation of craftspeople fashion every piece by hand, just the way they were taught.