Category: Our Town

Off Duty: Pota Vallas

by Jessie Ammons photograph by Travis Long Pota Vallas, 107, took a 16-day Atlantic voyage to reach America in 1924. “I came from a little Greek town caled Chrysafa. It was like Garner or Cary, outside of Sparta,” she says. “I was…

Shop Local: Reliable Loan and Jewelry

“They think we’re just the typical pawn shop, when really we’re the complete opposite.” – Alan Horwitz, owner of Reliable Loan and Jewelry by Jessie Ammons photograph by Travis Long On the section of South Wilmington Street now defined by a trio…

The Usual: Raleigh Beer and Hymns

“When people come to a pub, they’re seeking community. So we’re here, we sing hymns, we do pray together at the end, and that’s it.” –Rev. Claire Clyburn, Methodist minister and co-founder of Raleigh Beer and Hymns by Jessie Ammons photograph…

Game Plan: Boho Beads

“We’re both so lucky and have so much that we should be thankful for, and we wanted to be able to give back in some sort of way.” –Harris Parker, co-founder, Boho Beads by Mimi Montgomery photograph by Travis Long…

Off Duty: Dwight Hawkins

“I don’t think (people) have any idea of the amount of work, the miles you’ve got to walk, the times you’ve been rained on, and all the trains you miss, and when you’ve been broke and hungry in order to…

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