Category: Profiles

In the garden with Tony Avent

by Liza Roberts photographs by Justin Cooke On a hot, cicada-loud summer day at Tony Avent’s place, a black cat slips through the canes of a massive muscadine vine, one of 23,000 plant varieties that fill these 28 Raleigh acres. Home to…

Style bosses

The Triangle’s fashion bloggers by Mimi Montgomery In The Age of the Smartphone, where social media and viral hits reign supreme, blogging has evolved from a solo, diary-like activity into a lucrative field that allows tech-savvy entrepreneurs to create their own…

Gather in peace

Braima Moiwai and the djembe by Thomasi McDonald photographs by Peter Hoffman Sierra Leone, West Africa, Dodo village, 1965: It is a land of cascading rolling hills. To get there, travel eastward from the Atlantic Ocean, journey through virgin forests dotted…

Style and substance: Librarian of the Year Susan Nutter

by Hampton Williams Hofer photographs by Christer Berg It’s late on a Friday afternoon at N.C. State University’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library, which doesn’t look much like a library at all. Instead of red bricks and right angles, it’s all…

Duc Tran: Crawfish connoisseur

by Liza Roberts photographs by Catherine Nguyen If your cookout requires 240 pounds of live Louisiana crawfish, it’s important to plan ahead. Raleighite Duc Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant by way of Biloxi, Miss., knows the drill. Twice a year, he has four…

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