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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina December 2019

Through compelling narrative stories and jaw-dropping photography, Our State magazine celebrates everything that makes our state great! Each month, we reflect the beauty of North Carolina, tell the stories of its amazing people and its remarkable history, and suggest wonderful places to visit. We are unabashedly in love with the Tar Heel State, and every page is designed to be an inspiring tribute to where we live.

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Mann Media
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3 min.
miracle on fayetteville street

A new business opened at 156 South Fayetteville Street in downtown Asheboro — a gourmet popcorn shop called Asheboro Popcorn Co. — and the owners have the place looking so good. They’ve put up a red-and-white-striped — cherry red, Christmas red — awning and painted the front door to match. They’ve propped red-and-white-striped pillows in the front window and built the tables and counter by hand from local white oak. Inside, on the wall, they’ve framed an old paper menu, yellowed with age and stained with grease spatters and, well … give me just a minute on that. Years before this space became a popcorn shop, it housed the Recreation Soda Shop. My dad worked there in the 1950s, when he was in high school, pulling Cokes and dipping ice cream. He…

2 min.
santa’s shopping list

1 O.P. Taylor’s has thousands of toys in its 6,000-square-foot flagship location. This business calls itself “The Coolest Toy Store on the Planet” and is located in what Transylvania County town? A. Bat CaveB. MarshallC. Brevard 2 The Appalachian Christmas Craft Show in Haywood County offers a wide variety of handmade holiday wares in a mountain setting. This event is held at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, which is operated in partnership with what organization? A. United Methodist ChurchB. Southern Baptist ConventionC. Moravian Church 3 Located inside Callahan’s of Calabash, St. Nick Nacks Gift Shop features 100 decorated trees and three million ornaments, among other holiday items. Calabash, which is also famous for its seafood, is located in what county? A. New HanoverB. DuplinC. Brunswick 4 The Southern Christmas Show is a 12-day extravaganza…

2 min.
i saw it in our state

WE LOVE INSPIRING readers to explore North Carolina! The next time you eat, play, or stay somewhere you read about in the magazine, snap a picture. Then, email us at editorial@ourstate.com or tag us on social media using the hashtag #isawitinourstate. MR. FERGUS & HIS ARK My family always vacationed at Holden Beach, and almost every time, we made a trip to Wilmington to eat at the Ark seafood restaurant (“Ark vs. Battleship,” October, page 240). I remember seeing lobsters in a tank for the first time, a scuba diving suit with a copper diving helmet, and, after 1961, a waterside view of the USS North Carolina from our table. After the restaurant was hit by the battleship, Mr. Fergus had the newspaper article framed and hung on the wall to see…

3 min.
statesville

Gloria Hager was a teenager when she got her first job at a dress shop in downtown Statesville. The experience helped her develop a passion for both retail and the historic neighborhood, where she later went on to open GG’s Art, Frames and Gifts. Today, her own store — which she opened 50 years ago — sits across the street from the former dress shop. Downtown Statesville, with its historic streetscape, public art, and ever-increasing number of shops, restaurants, and breweries, is bustling all year, but Hager says that the area is at its best during the holidays. “We’ve had people say that it feels like a scene in a Hallmark movie,” she says. During the annual Shop & Stroll event, carolers wander the streets singing holiday favorites. (They always stop…

3 min.
four oaks gather ’round

IF CHRISTMAS has a smell, it can be found in the wreath-making room at Sanderson Wreaths. In this wooden building on a farm in Wayne County, the fragrance isn’t the Johnny One-Note Yankee Candle kind. It’s the rich, deep aroma of Fraser fir, fresh magnolia, corn husks, cotton burrs, and cedar. It’s fall and winter, earth and frost, wood and needle. It’s also really loud. Kari Sanderson Hobbs is using a clattering automatic garland machine, a wooden spool that binds bursting fronds of greenery into a slightly more manageable 125 feet of fresh holiday trim. Kari’s brother Josh usually helms the contraption, but during this busiest time of the year, everyone pitches in where they’re needed. There’s plenty of work to be done. Sanderson Wreaths produces a few thousand wreaths each year.…

2 min.
shel by full cups, full hearts

AT HANNAH’S COFFEE HOUSE, when the morning rush has slowed to a trickle and the rich aroma of ground beans hangs in the air, the first of The Boys arrives with his battered red travel mug. Ron Olah picks up a newspaper from the front counter as the barista fills his cup. He settles in at his table, where a placard reads, “Reserved for The Boys, 10 a.m. to noon.” “The Boys” — Olah and fellow retirees Randy Carter and Chip Cloninger — have been meeting at Hannah’s nearly every day since the shop opened in 2013, to read the local paper, talk politics, and gossip. “The whole purpose of coffee is to have one-on-one interactions and to philosophize,” says Hannah Cyr, who opened the business after seven years of working as…