Eastern

Neighborhood: Castle Street

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

Central

Boxcar Bar + Arcade in Raleigh

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.

Central

Stone Table in Monroe

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

Eastern

Chilling on Middle Lane

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.

Travel

Happy Hens and Highlands in Burnsville

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.

Central

The Extra Ingredient in Greensboro

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.

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