Jonesing for a Restoration

The Jones House – Milton, NC By Hosanna BlanchardSpring 2022 Generally speaking, buying and restoring a forlorn 170-year-old house is a daunting proposition. Participants can count on exhausting, dirty work, unwelcome construction problems, numerous frustrating roadblocks – all resulting in painfully slow progress. This might cause some to avoid such projects or reject them outright …

Thomas Day House/Union Tavern

Story and Photos by Meredith Bernard Driving through present day Milton, North Carolina it can be hard to imagine the bustling center of commerce it was two-hundred some odd years ago, but a stop by the Thomas Day House/Union Tavern will take you back and open wide the doors of history. A stone’s throw from …

Making What’s Old New Again

Story and photography by Meredith Bernard As a child, Hosanna Blanchard knew that her most favorite times were spent with her Grandmother crafting old treasures into new ones. What she didn’t know then is that she’d now be doing the same thing, thirty-some years later, in the same exact building her Grandmother once ran a …

Christmas in the Square

One Up on the Triad and the Triangle Story by Norwood Walker Christmas time arrives at the mall even before Halloween can make an appearance and don’t even think about finding any trace of Thanksgiving.  Christmas music begins to appear earlier and earlier and even the Hallmark Channel pushes Christmas movies as early as July.  …

New Vibes Helping Small Town Thrive

Story and photography by Meredith Bernard When Alex Sharpe and Anthony Hearn first decided to combine their love for arts, food and decorating by going into business together fifteen years ago, they didn’t know how big their potential for growth was. What began as a small gift shop in Wentworth, NC, eventually grew to serving …