Office Talk with Raleigh Magazine

Office Talk with Raleigh Magazine

You may know Raleigh Magazine, but what you may not know is how we get our stories. It's all inside info from living our lives and having conversations in our city. You'd be surprised what people will tell us.


March 21, 2023 31 min

Spirits are now in session! NC has some damn fine distillers. So, in the spirit of celebrating that refined truth, and leaning into state spirit—ahem, literally—we poured together a list of some of NC’s distillers worth drinking (or taking a detour for) the next time you’re looking to mix it up. Tune in as Publisher Gina Stephens, Editor-in-Chief Melissa Howsam and Earfluence Producer Cee Cee Huffman talk and taste their w...

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Who run the world? In Raleigh, that is unequivocally women. And we celebrate that triumphant truth with a host of women shattering glass ceilings in our community—from our elite cast of Women Shaping the Future of Raleigh to the three leading ladies you find making history as they deliver your morning forecast. Hang out with Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-Chief Melissa Howsam as they discuss the female visionaries a...

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March 7, 2023 24 min

Looking to meet a client for a drink or entertain out-of-towners at a Raleigh cocktail spot—read not a restaurant—pre-5pm on a weekday? Where to go can feel like a riddle in Raleigh compared to the endless ops you’d find on any afternoon in Chicago, Atlanta or New York. When recently asked for advice on where to meet a client for a drink at 3pm, the question turned into
inspiration. In our current issue, we’ve done the ...

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February 28, 2023 36 min

What a badass city we live in. We knew that. But now the world knows. The NHL Stadium Series—and all the fanfare around it—is in the rearview… and what a raging success it was as Raleigh, the Canes and NC State took center stage. Tune in as Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-Chief Melissa Howsam give an insider recap of Raleigh’s biggest ever week in sports. 

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February 21, 2023 32 min

Everybody loves a good gripe sesh—purging all things that suck, are stupid, waste time or just simply don’t make sense. In this case, there are some things we shouldn’t have to say about being a good patron—and human—but we’re going to anyway. From babies in bars to DMs to QR codes and more, hang out with Publisher Gina Stephens and Melissa Howsam as they chat the not so good, bad and ugly.

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February 14, 2023 31 min

Fayetteville Street is getting a face-lift. After our coverage on Raleigh’s Main Street went viral last summer, we bring you the highly anticipated update. For our February issue, we snagged and shared never-before-seen renderings of what Fayetteville Street could look like in the near future, plus 10 major updates coming that will have everyone talking. Hang out with Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-Chief Melissa How...

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Pulling off a party for 200+ bar owners, bartenders, industry insiders and magazine friends is no small feat. But that’s exactly what
Raleigh Magazine does each year for its highly anticipated Best Bars Awards Party. As you can imagine, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes scoop—especially when that party is at the brand-new underground Goodnights Comedy Club location 13 days after it opens its doors, as it was this year...

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Your new Raleigh Mag Best Bars revealed! With more votes cast this year than ever before—NTM some super-heated races that came down to the wire—this year’s Best Bars Awards are Raleigh’s answer to where and what to drink for every thirst, occasion, or no reason at all. Basically, it’s your bar bible—or bucket list… or both. New this year, we introduced our Best Bartender category—and the boy was this race tight! So, pop so...

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January 24, 2023 34 min

The Canes are set to host the long-anticipated NHL Stadium Series game at Carter-Finley in February—and with that comes all the fanfare you’d expect… to the tune of a weeklong series of both free and ticketed big-time events. Tune in as Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-Chief Melissa Howsam dish ALL the scoop on what’s coming that you can’t get anywhere else—also viewable in Raleigh Mag’s day-by-day digital downloadabl...

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January 17, 2023 53 min

In spirited news, Durham Distillery’s Melissa Katrincic spills the tea on two never-before-revealed exciting products coming this year. You’re def gonna want to pour a G&T and renew your “gin” membership while you listen to this colorful convo between Publisher Gina Stephens and the Durham Distillery co-owner, CEO and president where they chat all things gin—from the botanical’s popularity to tonic takes to global gin ...

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Today we're sharing an episode of Podcast Raleigh, from our friends Ashton Smith and Hayes Permar. In this episode, they chat with Raleigh Area Land Trust’s Rhett Fussell. As home prices have skyrocketed, affordable housing has become an even hotter topic—and Rhett talks about what Raleigh Area Land Trust is doing to help. Enjoy the episode—and we’ll be back to chat next week.

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December 20, 2022 34 min

People told us for over a year that we needed to add a podcast—to share the inside baseball, the behind-the-scenes snipits, the juicy tidbits on the cutting-room floor, all the hot details that don’t make the mag. … We knew that if we were going to do it, it had to fit us—and we had to find a way to make our podcast hip, provocative—and, most importantly, distinct from our magazine and other local podcasts. Hang with us as...

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December 13, 2022 23 min

Fifteen years ago this month, Beard-winning chef Ashley Christensen recast our culinary landscape with the launch of Poole’s—effectively changing the course of our city’s food scene via a plethora of top toques and fab establishments to follow. Many hope the next distinction—and final step to becoming a full-fledged foodie city—is landing a Michelin Guide. Tune in as we chat how Michelin works and what it would mean for ou...

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December 6, 2022 26 min

Giving good vibes are all kinds of new and upcoming big-city amenities, companies and trends rolling into Raleigh. In this episode, we chat details on the upcoming skatepark Downtown, the just-launched rideshare app rapidly gaining traction and, for bargame and/or soccer fans, the popular table-size “football” game sweeping town—and the nation—so you can just, well, flick off. 

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November 29, 2022 41 min

Hungry for more foodie news? Renowned restaurateur Scott Crawford is opening a new concept at Raleigh Iron Works! Hang with us for the tea on this Croatian sensation, plus scoop on a new dive-meets-steakhouse coming to Olde Raleigh Village in December, a look at resurrected J. Betski’s (now open in Highpark Village) and a tribute to Raleigh powerhouse Poole’s as it turns 15—from how it launched our city’s culinary landscap...

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November 15, 2022 29 min

It’s no secret how much we love Raleigh. We dedicate our lives to this city, its stories and sharing those stories with its people. Leaning into that love, our November issue is a sort of love letter to Raleigh—from how to give back to a look at a range of residents’ secret happy places in town. Hang out with Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-Chief Melissa Howsam as they spread the love. 

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November 8, 2022 31 min

Turns out locally owned steakhouses are pretty rare. It may surprise you to know a local steakhouse hasn’t opened in Raleigh since Reagan was president. Or that Raleigh houses only three locally owned steakhouses. Or that a local top chef is set to drop a big-name local steakhouse on the scene… the first in 40 years. Tune in as Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-Chief Melissa Howsam dig into the meat of the matter.

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November 1, 2022 25 min

Who will win Raleigh’s Best Bar this year? Voting is now open! And upping the ante, this year we added a new award for Best Bartender. Hang out with Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-Chief Melissa Howsam as they chat the new award, the Best Bartender nominees, Best Bars categories and predictions, and more. Then stay tuned to our February Best Bars issue for the winners.

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October 25, 2022 28 min

Voter turnout is expected to be at an all-time high in Raleigh this year. Why? Listen in as Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-Chief Melissa Howsam discuss what’s at stake in our local elections—with the candidates and three bonds critical to keeping Raleigh on a successful trajectory.

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October 18, 2022 35 min

There are currently 53 major projects—planned or in progress—in Raleigh. Tune in as Publisher Gina Stephens and Editor-in-Chief Melissa Howsam chat inside scoop on some of our city’s most exciting developments, including The Exchange Raleigh, just-announced Salvage Yard, among others.

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