2024 Diamond Award Winners

Readers throughout the community voted for their favorite businesses, services and venues. Now, we are excited to present the 2024 gold, silver


Cardio and Classes

Cardio and Classes College students earn a range of benefits from school exercise programs BY KURT DUSTERBERG When Katie Shugg went off


Bariatric Surgery: My Personal Journey

Bariatric Surgery: My Personal Journey BY ELIZABETH BRIGNAC After decades of dieting, exercising, therapy and adopting a lifestyle-changing, can-do attitude, I accepted


Horses Healing Hearts

Horses Healing HeartsEquine-assisted therapy benefits all participants BY JANICE LEWINE Horses possess traits that are unrivaled in the animal kingdom. As prey


Menopause and Hormone Therapy

Menopause and Hormone Therapy: Which Approach is Right for You? BY ELIZABETH BRIGNAC At the age of 53, Raleigh attorney Jenny Leisten



Architect Bar & Social House

Raleigh has a secret room accessible through a bookcase at a downtown bar. Upstairs at The Architect Bar & Social House, a


Candid Conversation: Chasta Hamilton

Chasta Hamilton lifts up others from life lessons learned on—and off—stage Chasta Hamilton’s most striking feature is her smile. Wide and radiant,

Chef’s Table

El Patio

Bryan Ramos came to Raleigh in pursuit of a motocross career. When life pivoted him away from those ambitions, Ramos put his


Post-Pandemic Mental Health

How to restore and rebound as routines return to normal As we cross into the new year, it’s healthy to set goals—from