Cardinal & Pine

You Love It, North Carolina. But Did You Know Pimento Cheese Comes from New York?


I’m not here to start an argument about where pimento cheese originated, but it wasn’t in the South. It was first created in New York. Photo: Matt Ray Photography

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New to NC? Here Are 9 Travel-Worthy Destinations to Visit in Your First Year


Since moving to North Carolina (many moons ago), I’ve roamed the state’s cities and small towns—finding culture, food, and history, almost all unfamiliar to me. Photo: Courtesy of Heart of NC

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Each of These 20 Indie Bookstores In North Carolina Has a Story to Tell


Independent bookstores are still the place for people to meet up with friends and listen to authors talk. North Carolina’s indie book stores lure customers in with safe spaces, reading suggestions and entertainment. The business model thrives on connections. Photo: Courtesy of The Country Bookshop

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Sweets, Spices, and a More Inclusive Wine Community: Here Are 8 Women-Owned Businesses to Shop in Durham


In my younger days, I never gave thought to where I purchased an item. It was just an exchange of money for a product. Photo:  Melanated Wine and Spirits

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