Remembering the Family Mules

Pulling a heavy load of history, mules were once considered family — at least, until tractors came along. But in certain quarters, our long-eared, hardheaded friends never went out of style.


Fall 2017 Music Festival Roundup

Mark your calendars and get your dancing shoes ready — there are still a surprising number of music festivals across the state to enjoy as warm summer days fade into fall.


Meet the Maker: Ole Mason Jar

Ole Mason Jar is creating more than just menswear, like their shirt that won first place in the Style category of Our State’s 2017 Made in NC Awards; they’re building a socially conscious, Southern lifestyle brand.

Home & Garden

Meet the Maker: Troutman Chair Company

Troutman Chair Company rockers have been swaying for nearly a century, so it’s hardly surprising they swayed the judges’ hearts and won first place in the Home & Garden category of Our State’s Made in NC Awards.

Arts & Culture

Meet the Maker: Blue Mountain Bowls

At Blue Mountain Bowls, the Overall Winner of Our State’s 2017 Made in NC Awards, local trees are given a new life as one-of-a-kind art pieces.