Non-Profit Agencies: Bridging the Economic Self-Sufficiency Gap

Non-Profit Agencies: Bridging the Economic Self-Sufficiency Gap

Like many natives, Kaitlin Baker, executive director of the South Davidson Resource Center (SDRC), remembers the security of growing up in a thriving Denton community. She also recalls a major shift occurring, as rampant job loss brought a proud Davidson County to staggering levels of poverty, unemployment, and reliance on community resources for self-sufficiency. In 1993, SDRC began providing food, clothing, and utility assistance in response to the growing number of Denton and Silver Valley families lacking adequate transportation to Lexington or Thomasville for work or assistance. 

Chef John Wilson: Limitless Culinary Palette

Chef John Wilson: Limitless Culinary Palette

As downtown Lexington becomes increasingly inhabited with a variety of businesses selling food from donuts to butchers, there’s also expansion going on just off of Main Street. 

Even though Lexington’s “brand” food is barbecue, other alternative establishments are opening and coexisting quite well — variety, as they say, is the spice of life. 

One such place that opened in 2016 is “Sophie’s Cork & Ale,” a wine and craft ales tasting room that also serves food—food lovingly prepared by chef John Wilson.

One Day: The Persistence of Victor & Isidro

One Day: The Persistence of Victor & Isidro

Main Street seemed fairly quiet as we drove past the Big Chair. It was a typically hot, Carolina summer afternoon. The only time available to meet up with metal artists, Isidro Bravo and his friend, Victor Velazquez was on this hot Saturday afternoon. 

Both men work as welders, and good welders are in strong demand. This last minute text was our only chance to meet and photograph their work.

Haught's Hands

Haught's Hands

The first thing I noticed when I met Ken, other than his charming smile, was his hands. 

He has hands that you just want to stare at and explore all the lines, cuts, scrapes, burns, and blisters. They are rough, strong and unforgiving. Sometimes his hands come home almost black; covered in metal shavings, filled with splinters and spots of dried up blood. His hands are a work of art. His hands create.  

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise…

Cruise-in Lexington: An outdoor promenade of history, car obsessions and community

Cruise-in Lexington:  An outdoor promenade of history, car obsessions and community

Since the 1940’s, cruise-ins have been popular around the country. Robert Hearn, Steve Everhart, and Larry Helms decided they wanted to relive earlier times by gathering friends and their specialty cars in a cruise-in location. Cruise nights ran regularly in Uptown Lexington, but were disbanded in 1988 due to disrespectful crowds, weekend traffic congestion, and difficulty getting emergency vehicles through the traffic. Hearn contacted Uptown Lexington and the Chief of Police to reestablish a cruise-in, and the cruise-ins were back.

The World of Train Watching

The World of Train Watching

I was fascinated with trains as a child and remember begging my father to go to the depot to watch them. I recall seeing passengers eating at white-clothed tables in the dining car. Train watching still entertains many fans young and old around the world—young and old. These days without having to visit the tracks, ardent fans (called railfans) are tracking and live streaming trains on their cell phones and other devices. 

Davidson County Airport: Gateway to Business & Adventure

Davidson County Airport: Gateway to Business & Adventure

With over 5,000 feet of runway and the ability to handle everything from the smallest hang glider to a 60,000-pound jet, the Davidson County airport is attracting increasingly more interest as an alternative to the Triad’s busier airports. 

Together, fixed-base operators Mari-Elena Baldwin and Karel Van Der Linden have worked to build the airport’s reputation as a top-notch facility that puts customer service and convenience first. Their business model relies heavily on the idea that, as a small airport, they have to go the extra mile to keep pilots and passengers coming back. 

Master of Mixology: Vintage Cocktails

Master of Mixology: Vintage Cocktails

Vintage cocktail bars have emerged in the last decade; even home owners are creating neighborhood in-house bars where their friends can gather to enjoy an occasional drink. The era of the quintessential bartender as depicted in Ian Fleming’s James Bond spy novels and the Netflix series “Madmen” have long since passed… or have they

Gentle Harmony Farm: Blending Organic Herb Teas

Gentle Harmony Farm:  Blending Organic Herb Teas

“When we purchased the property, we didn’t intend for this to be a working farm. However, my increasing interest in herbal medicine coupled with our desire to have a productive second career led us to improve our small corner of the world through sustainable, organic agriculture,”  explained Pamela Leonard.

Pamela and her husband, Charles, moved to Davidson County in 2012. They established a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic farm. Davidson County is fortunate to have Gentle Harmony Farm with its organic farming methods and sustainable agriculture.

A Shopping Guide to the Eleven Acre Flea Market

A Shopping Guide  to the Eleven Acre  Flea Market

In days gone by, my husband and I used to travel the world, finding seasonal and temporary work to fulfill our wanderlust. Through these travels we fueled our love for food. Travel became a journey to find new flavors, new cultures, and new friends. 

Now settled in Davidson County with children and the daily routines of living, the thrill of adventure travel has drifted further into our memories—until making this discovery.

Vintage Entrepreneurs

Vintage Entrepreneurs

Savvy artists revive retail industry and incubate new art start-ups.

For three days each month, a normally quiet fifteen-acre plot of farmland just off Business I-85 in Thomasville, North Carolina, buzzes with activity as droves of treasure-seekers swarm to Chartreuse (Barn Sale). 

Most people will have heard about Chartreuse from an enthusiastic friend or on social media. The rest wander in off the highway to see what the small signs that say “Barn Sale” are all about. What everyone finds when they arrive at the barn is a wonderland of around twenty-five ten-foot square booths filled with upcycled antiques, refurbished furniture, original artwork, and other handcrafted décor. A recently-enclosed pavilion holds additional vendors and, on warm days, even more vendors scatter outside under tents. 

DIRT BAGS: Davidson County's Underground Track Network

Pack it, shape it, wet it, dust it, slap it, ride it, and repeat until perfect. Freshly groomed and prepared, terra cotta waves rise, fall, and flow like a river of clay, displaying the artistry of these dirt digging denizens.

Bike parks have been popping up all over major cities, yet in Davidson County unsung private tracks have been here all along, paid for not in municipal dollars, but in sweat.

PASTURE-RAISED BEEF in Davidson County

PASTURE-RAISED BEEF in Davidson County

From the time they’re born until they reach full maturity, the cows on Jeff Boyst’s 100-year-old farm, BN Acres,  graze on nothing but grass. Depending on the season, the herd of about fifty Charolais cattle enjoy a rotating crop of rye, millet, fescue, orchard grass, and sorghum-sudan grass. 

“If you take care of the pasture you’re going to have good animals,” says Boyst, who took charge, after his grandfather’s passing in 2007, of the farmland at BN Acres. “It’s a delicate process to make sure we’re giving them the right grass for the right end product.”

Yadkin River Crossing and the Good Roads Movement: Wil-Cox Bridge

Yadkin River Crossing and the Good Roads Movement: Wil-Cox Bridge

For as long as there have been people and rivers, people have attempted to conquer rivers. 

Throughout the years, those river conquests have come in the form of fords, ferries, and bridges. The Wil-Cox Bridge stands today as a silent witness to nearly a century of Yadkin River crossings between Rowan and Davidson Counties. This area, extending back three centuries, was known as the Trading Ford