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NCtrend: Recipe for recovery

NCtrend: A robust new restaurant scene has turned downtrodden downtown Kinston into a dining destination.


Parts & parcels

Temple Sloan spread the wealth, turning more than 400 of his employees into millionaires. But liquidity issues forced him to sell out to what's now the biggest U.S. auto-parts retailer.


They come, they go

Free & Clear: In good times and bad, companies shed workers and go out of business. Rather than try to control this, policymakers should cultivate job creation.


Playing to pet peeves

Playing to pet peeves: How Phil Blizzard squeezes a profit out of anxiety-ridden animals.


Regional Report Western January 2014

Tim Lampkin is proud to promote a great place to hang out - or hang a hammock.


Regional Report Charlotte December 2013

After years of struggling, often working four jobs to make ends meet, the switch finally flipped for Gretchen Hollifield Ewers in 2005 when she opened The Dog Wizard Inc., an obedience school in Charlotte


Small wonders

Up Front: Small wonders


Mind matters

Small Business of the Year Runner-up: Impact Financial Systems Inc. provides automation software for financial institutions.


High and dry

Small Business of the Year: Our Small Business of the Year's products seal tight, but it excels at hanging loose.


The woman in charge

Small Business of the Year Runner-up: Garris Grading and Paving Inc. By the time Angela Alvarez Garris decided to build up an asphalt plant, she was fed up with people who refused to belive a woman could own and operate such a ostensibly manly business.


Out of sight

Cover story: Appearances mattered to Gary Smith, from his attire to every aspect of his ad agency and the clients it attracted. Since the ’70s, he and, later, his son had built Smith Advertising & Associates into one of the Southeast’s largest. And he had done it in a place known more for GIs and generals than marketing geniuses. Moving among Fayetteville’s elite, the Smiths made quite an impression. Then — amid lawsuits, investigations and allegations of a Ponzi scheme — the image they crafted crumbled. But what really happened? Were they perpetrators or victims? Ad men know how crucial it is to control the message. But for Gary and Todd Smith, the medium became the message when they dropped


It's a family tradition

Small Business of the Year Runner-up: Crayton Commercial LLC, a one-man operation in New Bern that had built or revitalized seven shopping centers since 2008.


Regional Report Western December 2013

All 51 rooms at Pisgah Inn had been booked, but each was empty.


Regional Report Western November 2013

The Sheer Bliss Tupelo Burger is a 50-50 mix of short rib and prime rib.


Regional Report Eastern October 2013

Two decades in sales at United Parcel Service Inc. taught Travis Burt and Keith Byrd an important lesson about the logistics industry: There’s always room to negotiate.


Regional Report Triangle September 2013

Not all startups are created equal.


Their brothers' keepers

Their Brothers' Keepers. The Peyton boys tend to each other and the golf course. If they do the former, the latter will one day be theirs.


Regional Report Triangle June 2013

Cary-based nonprofit EntreDot Enterprises helps entrepreneurs connect the dots and learn how to make their businesses a success.


Let the sun shine

Industry insiders fear the sun will set on the subsidy that makes solar such a bright spot in a dreary economy.


Runs in the family

Mac Jordan spends decades reviving the mill in Saxapahaw his grandfather resurrected.