Bloodlines, Playing Cards from Durham Designer, Billy French

As a professional designer and an amateur magician, Bloodlines is Billy French’s dream project. He has been collecting cards for several years and while he has always loved the variety that’s out there, the designer in him has always wanted to try his hand creating his own version. Bloodlines derives it’s name from the tradition of playing cards – 4 royal families. When French embarked on this design … Continue reading Bloodlines, Playing Cards from Durham Designer, Billy French

Introducing the “Jerks” from Waynesville

What is your background and how did this venture come about? Megan Brown:  We always knew we wanted to start a business. There was a Farmer’s Market down the street from us in Waynesville and we felt like there was a missing gap in the beverage scene at the market. People were thirsty, the weather was hot, and we felt like we could sell drinks … Continue reading Introducing the “Jerks” from Waynesville

Moonshine to NASCAR, an Interview with Author Neal Thompson

Author and journalist Neal Thompson discusses his various publications, including Driving With the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR, which was featured in the April Box from Carolina Monthly. Let’s start at the beginning. Can you tell us a little about your background and how you got into writing?  I’m one of those guys lucky enough to know that I wanted to be … Continue reading Moonshine to NASCAR, an Interview with Author Neal Thompson

The Messenger, an Interview with Military Author, Marilyn Swinson

In the book, Scars of War, author Marilyn Swinson interviews veterans and their tales of pathos and pageantry from those who survived.  Historically, messengers have been vital in times of war. Messengers have been used to help multiple squadrons find the best locations to fight against enemy troops. Sometimes messengers have been assigned to carry letters of peace or surrender in the final days of battle. Messengers … Continue reading The Messenger, an Interview with Military Author, Marilyn Swinson

Charlie’s Lemonade Stand

Life at The Corner Farmer’s Market in Greensboro, NC Underneath a ball cap, young Charlie Ellison makes his way across the busy farmer’s market to the Kuska Wiñasun Homestead booth and looks over the free range heritage turkeys and avocado-sized goose eggs for sale. Gazing across the table, the boy scans the hand-painted sign that reads, “Ask Us About How We Raise Our Ducks” along … Continue reading Charlie’s Lemonade Stand