Friday, January 14, 2022

Winter Whites in Seagrove, NC

Seagrove, North Carolina offers an inspiring take on “winter whites” with work from the over 80 working potters. This collection of white, off-white, beige and neutral pottery from several makers captures the imagination this season--and inspires blissful home décor dreams.

About Seagrove

Seagrove, NC, in the heart of North Carolina, represents the largest concentration of potters in the country. Home to over 50 shops and galleries open to the public, some potters have been mastering the craft in the area for multiple generations. Others have relocated from across the country to enjoy the community of craftsmen and enthusiastic visitors. 

Winter Whites Wares

Kitchen-smart creations made by Alexa Modderno of Moddware are available at Seagrove Stoneware Pottery, the studio and shop she shares with her husband.

Winter white pottery created by Alexa Modderno at Moddware in Seagrove NC
Winter white pottery plates created by Alexa Modderno of Moddware in Seagrove NC
Winter white utensil holder created by Alexa Modderno of Moddware in Seagrove NC

Linda Potts at Potts Pottery is a Cole family descendant. The name is synonymous with generations of functional pottery makers. She and husband Jeff work together to make a complete array of tableware in a variety of colors, including white. Most white pieces have a signature streak of color.

Winter white pottery bowl created by Potts Pottery in Seagrove NC
Winter white pottery mug created by Potts Pottery in Seagrove NC
Winter white pottery bowls created by Potts Pottery in Seagrove NC

Tom Gray Pottery studied Japanese pottery techniques and has trained at the Virginia Beach Art Center and Sandpiper Pottery. He continues to draw inspiration from around the world for his pieces with clean, serene lines. His whites have a subtle grey undertone, perfect for today’s sleek kitchens.

Winter white pottery plates and mugs created by Tom Gray in Seagrove NC


Bobbie Thomas at Thomas Pottery serves up stylish tabletop and home décor pieces. Her signature textured look with an occasional note of whimsey keeps pieces classic and contemporary for years of use and enjoyment. 

Plan a Visit

Seagrove, NC offers plenty of pottery with all colors of the rainbow. The shops listed above are ones that you can explore while shopping and learning about this handmade art. Plan your visit by calling before you go - as potters tend their own shops and their families, too. You can meet the makers of the work for sale, ask questions, and learn about future kiln openings. Kiln openings are when a potter fires a kiln of  their works, then open it up to sell the pieces straight to the visitors after it cools down.

Seagrove is 1.5 hours west of Raleigh, NC, and 1.5 hours north and slightly east of Charlotte, NC. Plan a visit and explore all of The Heart of North Carolina, Randolph County. Randolph County includes Archdale, Asheboro, Franklinville, Liberty, Ramseur, Randleman, Seagrove, Staley, and Trinity. 

- Guest post by Susan Dosier, DK Communications Group

-Edited and modified by Heart of North Carolina staff (01/13/2022)

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Get Inspired in Randolph County

Find your Motivation in Randolph County, NC 

Whether it's a new year, a new feeling, or a desire for change, Randolph County offers you the motivation you need to get started and grow.  

Randolph County is home to 19 trails covering all nine municipalities. Get back to nature along the trails. Pause and reflect at the lakes and streams found in the county, take a stroll along the Deep River State Trail - check out this link for ideas in Franklinville and Ramseur. Explore the Uwharrie National Forest. Reflect at Creekside Park in Archdale, Clay Presnell Park in Seagrove, and North Carolina Zoo. Randolph County offers you a chance to explore the Piedmont of North Carolina like no other. For a quick reference, check out our collaborative effort with Piedmont Legacy Trails, as the first county in the Piedmont to list options for difficulty levels and lengths of trails.

Joining us from cities outside of our area? Consider booking a guide. Issa Vibe Adventures is a Charlotte-based, black-owned hiking company with a mission of making the outdoors accessible to the black community and all types of hikers with a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. They were tapped by Visit North Carolina to be part of a special video campaign filmed at our Faith Rock Trail with national travel site, Matador Network. They have hiked several trails in Randolph County and across North Carolina.

Learn about Conservation throughout the World - North Carolina Zoo 

From the wilds of Africa to your backyard, the North Carolina Zoo is advancing conservation and research on animals. Learn what you can do to help and see animals in the world's largest natural habitat zoo in the world. Proceeds from admission go right back into conservation funds. 

Get Healthy 

 Keye to Healthy & S&L Natural Foods  in Asheboro, & The Only Earth in Archdale
Shop independently owned health food stores in Randolph County and learn ways to improve your health. Keye to Healthy in Asheboro offers classes and meals for the "Next 56 Days Program." They sell items that are gluten-free, sugar-free, and taste amazing. S&L Natural Foods in Asheboro offers supplements, sports nutrition, and natural groceries.  The Only Earth in Archdale carries vitamins, grocery items, and body care items.

Art and the Earth - NC Pottery Center 

Connect with the earth through art at the Handmade Pottery Capital of the US - Seagrove, NC. North Carolina's state material is clay and it can be found and used in Seagrove, NC. Over 100 individual working potters are located in and around Seagrove, NC. The artists make unique pieces of art with clay. Check out the North Carolina Pottery Center - home to seasonal classes on art and  extensive history and exhibits on the craft. 

Start Exploring - Road Trip Randolph County 

Did you know if you start at the top of Randolph County near Guilford County and drive south to the end near Montgomery County, it would take you about 40 minutes? That is not all you can see on a drive through Randolph County. See Uwharrie Mountain Ranges, stop at locally-owned shops, or dine at classic roadside diners. Hit NC Highway 705, also known as Pottery Highway, and see generational shops similar to what is listed above. Reflect on what the road can show you when you start a road trip in Randolph County. 

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Warm up in Randolph County - Coffee & Tea Shops

Warm up in Randolph County 

Check out locally-owned Coffee and Tea Shops you gotta' try on your next visit to the Heart of North Carolina! Fresh brewed drinks await! 

Randolph County is Archdale, Asheboro, Franklinville, Liberty, Ramseur, Randleman, Seagrove, Staley & Trinity.  Note that hours of operations vary with each business - please check out their web pages for hours and COVID safety measures. 


The Chat & Chew Café - Stop in to a café that  features a full coffee menu (with seasonal drinks), baked goods, and hand-dipped ice cream. Be sure to browse the gift shop featuring local artists' items and more that are perfect souvenirs.

        Address: 10301 N Main St, Archdale, NC 27263

The Coffee Bar - Have your cameras ready for a visit at The Coffee Bar in Archdale. They are home to weekly drink specials and backdrops that are perfect for capturing your hot or cold beverage - including a created outdoor patio space with a brick view. The coffee bar is near Salt of the Earth Boutique, a women's clothing shop that focuses on finding stylish modest clothing for the everyday woman. 

        Address:  10102 Suite H, S Main St, Archdale, NC 27263

The Wet Whistle Co - Enjoy coffee and more at The Wet Whistle Co - serving coffee, beer, and wine. Special evenings feature live entertainment. Explore the store and pick up a variety of NC and East Coast products. Carrying wines and beers from over thirty NC vineyards and breweries, this location is a can't miss. They also serve ice cream from Homeland Creamery. The Wet Whistle Co is in the shops of Bonnie Place in Archdale - the shops also offer a frozen yogurt shop and three locally-owned women's boutiques for gifts and apparel.

         Address: 101 Bonnie Pl, Archdale, NC 27263


The American Bean - It is the first mobile espresso/coffee truck in Randolph County and Asheboro and it started with a gofundme. The owner of the American Bean is Derrick, an entrepreneur who is a native of Asheboro, NC. In 2018, he pursued his passion for coffee and studied at the Seattle Barista Academy in Seattle. With drive-thru or walk up service, the American Bean is worth a visit. 

            Address: Located daily at 1318 E Dixie Dr, Asheboro, NC 27203 - however subject to change 

Arbol Mexican Ice Cream - Tucked away along Hwy 42, this specialty shop offers coffee, hot chocolate, ice cream and more in this Mexican-fusion shop. Be sure to visit on the weekends for special treats such as tamales fresca (sweet strawberry-infused). The beautiful indoor and outdoor space enhance the experience of this unique shop of Asheboro. 

            Address: 161 NC-42 Ste E, Asheboro, NC 27203

   The Black Lantern Tea Shop & Bakery  - Opened in October 2021 in Downtown Asheboro, Black Lantern Tea Shop and Bakery offers 26 different hot and iced teas and fresh made daily baked goods. The baked goods include sweet treats, truffles, parfaits, quiche, cheesecake, mini tea sandwiches, chicken salad, ham salad, and pasta salad. Daily selections may vary. Some of the treats even feature tea - Earl Grey macaron anyone? You will be welcomed with an inviting storefront featuring greenery and pet portraits. 

            Address: 137 Sunset Ave, Asheboro, NC 27203

Bold Coffee Co - Bold Coffee Co is a reflection of the owners making bold decisions and dreaming big. This coffee shop started out as a mobile catering/wedding cart. It is Asheboro's newest coffee shop that opened in December 2021. Bold Coffee Shop specializes in light roast coffee and more. Don't be surprised to find the Lumberjack, a maple candied bacon latte on the menu.   

            Address:  103 N Fayetteville St. Asheboro, NC 27203 

  Brewskie's - Feel welcome with large billboards right beside Brewskies inviting you inside. Brewskie's offers coffee, flatbreads and a full bar. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can remain caffeinated the whole day at Brewskie's. 

            Address: 730 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC 27203

     Carriage House Tea - This tea house and art gallery are located inside the historic Brightside Gallery opened in 2014. Warm up with a cup of freshly brewed tea. Creating and selling loose leaf tea in both traditional blends and in house recipes, Carriage House Tea prides itself on fusing old world charm with modern day selections.  Their tea is small batch blended and completely hand packed, labeled and sealed by professionals who truly care about what they are doing. The Carriage Tea House offers a calendar of events that are worth visiting.  

            Address: 170 Worth St, Asheboro, NC 27203 

      The Coffee Xchange on 42 - Randolph's County oldest Coffee Shop, the Coffee Xchange is the place to hang. Get your freshly roasted coffee in a laidback atmosphere with plenty of couch space for you to sit. The Coffee Xchange on 42 also serves craft beer. Stay for awhile and play foosball or pool, while you visit. 

            Address:  191 E, NC-42, Asheboro, NC 27203

    Nannie Mae's - Named after the owner's own grandmother, Nannie Mae's opened its door in Downtown Asheboro in November 2021. They have coffee, tea, and bakery items ready for quick pick up or grab a seat with a view of Sunset Avenue. 

            Address: 108 Sunset Ave, Asheboro, NC 27203

     The Table Farmhouse BakeryThe Table feels equal parts upscale and laidback, serving up bright, airy vibes in a polished space where it is hard not snap a few photos of before enjoying your coffee or meal. With welcome white umbrellas in the front of the shop, the table features coffee, teas and seasonal specialties that are a can't miss. 

            Address: 139 S Church St, Asheboro, NC 2720


    Franklinville Diner - This diner in Franklinville serves the best food in the town (at least that is what it says on the window). They keep the coffee pouring during operating hours and offer lunch and dinner options that's home-cooking. Be sure to try the made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy

            Address: 159 W Main St, Franklinville, NC 27248


 Y'all Come Back Café 

Serving breakfast and lunch in Liberty, Y'all Come Back Cafe is the place to be. Serving coffee, pancakes and more. While they may not have cappuccinos or lattes - this is a local establishment ready to keep your coffee cup full. 


119 S Fayetteville St, Liberty, NC 27298


   Ramseur Country Diner - Stop in for a cup of coffee and stay for the daily specials. Specials include 2-3 pies made fresh and served daily. Try it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, where coffee is always available. 

            Address:  140 N Brady St, Ramseur, NC 27316


   Randleman Café - Located in Downtown Randleman this charming café serves breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices with coffee being the first drink on the drink menu. Don't miss the daily lunch special either. 

            Address:  224 S Main St, Randleman, NC 27317


Good Company Pups and Mugs -

Opened in 2021, it is the coffee shop in Seagrove. Pups and Mugs offers seasonal specialty lattes and drinks, plus a rotating tap of beer and wine. This coffee shop features an outdoor dog park, and its coffee is Grounds and Hounds, which supports Dog Rescues Nationwide. In the colder month look out for warming firepits to sit beside. So bring your four-legged friend to this one-of-a-kind spot in the US Pottery Capital.       

    Address:  247 N Broad St, Seagrove, NC 27341


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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Rainy Days in Randolph County

Rainy Weather in Randolph County 

Is there light drizzling rain during your visit or run into a surprising weather report in your trip planning? Make the best of it with these indoor activities that are open to all. Randolph County includes: Archdale, Asheboro, Franklinville, Liberty, Ramseur, Randleman, Seagrove, Staley, and Trinity. 

**Note that at the time of publication COVID-19 is still affecting operations of businesses. Please review and plan ahead as hours can change.***

Award-winning Museums - Take in lessons from the past in our award-winning museums and learn something new. Hours may vary, please plan accordingly.


Richard Petty Family Attractions - Randleman 

        See where racing history began and a family's legacy was built at the Petty Museum, learn the unparalleled success story of one of the founding families of stock car racing, their drive for engineering excellence, and the technical inventiveness, innovation and ingenuity that made it all possible. See where it all started and how they ended up being legends of NASCAR racing.

Address: 309 Branson Mill Rd, Randleman, NC 27317

    North Carolina Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame - Asheboro 


    Explore aviation history in a hangar filled with military and civilian memorabilia including vehicles, weapons, equipment and uniforms, and a Piper J-3 "Flitfire" flown by Orville Wright at the Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame. Experience a flight simulator while surrounded by history. The hall of fame features famous aviators of the state of North Carolina. It is history coming to life with historic pieces of our past.  

 Address: 2222 Pilots View Rd, Asheboro, NC 27205

  American Classic Motorcycle Museum - Asheboro

       One of the largest private collections of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the country - American Classic Motorcycle Museum is in the Heart of North Carolina. The walls of the museum feature tools, ads and trinkets of Harley-Davidson from lunch boxes to posters.  The museum is conveniently located on US-64 and offers a gift shop and diner. 

Address:  1170 US-64, Asheboro, NC 27205

                                                                                                                                                                        Linbrook Heritage Estate - Trinity 

     Three indoor attractions in one location – Neal Agricultural and Industrial Museum, Historic Hoover House, and Linbrook Hall take you on the ultimate historical journey to today's present technological advancements. See a large collection of John Deere Tractors and an early 20th-century sawmill, plus other industrial tools at the Neal Agricultural and Industrial Museum. Relive farm life of 1905 in the Historic Hoover House, and tour one of the largest privately owned homes in the southeastern U.S at Linbrook Hall. The estate is located near the Uwharrie National Forest.        Address: 5507 Snyder Country Rd, Trinity, NC 27370

Shopping - Get the perfect souvenir or gift while under the rainy skies with distinctive shopping in the Heart of North Carolina.

    Seagrove Pottery - Seagrove

        Find your one-of-kind-piece at one of the 50+ potters in Seagrove, NC. Take a scenic slow drive on North Carolina Highway 705 - also known as Pottery Highway. Seagrove, NC is  “the handmade pottery capitol of the US” where you will find many kinds of works in many different shops from many different artists. From the potters that work right beside their home to generations of potters continuing a family legacy, it’s hard to go home empty handed when the handcrafted work can fit any décor, color, and style. It is a unique area to shop on a rainy day – just bring the umbrella.

                                         Learn more about Seagrove Pottery 

    Asheboro Mall - Asheboro


     Hear and see rain in the comfort of the indoors, plus shop too at Randolph County's only Asheboro Mall. See the rain from the sunroofs - the square glass view offers tranquil views of the rain.  With plenty of shopping you can’t go wrong – get shoes at Shoe Dept., make your home smell great with scents Bath and Body Works, and grab Chick-fil-A to fuel your day. There is a Cinemark movie theater that hosts up to six movies. It’s one of our favorite ways to stay inside.

    Shop throughout the county - Downtown, Antique Shops, and Specialty boutiques 

Home to over 50+ independent shops in the our nine municipalities – you will fine something for everyone, including yourself.  

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Family Fun - Find your adventure in family fun even in a closed space with these exciting activities.

    Kersey Valley Escape and Axe throwing - Archdale


Kersey Valley Adventure is known for the outdoor  fun, but offers indoor options that are perfect on the rainy day. Plan a trip to an escape room and axe throw. The escapes are considered one of the best in the area with multiple rooms you can escape rooms themes are; family-friendly, creepy, and scary. For the 18+ crowd take part in traditional indoor axe-throwing.

        Address: 1615 Kersey Valley Rd, Archdale, NC 27263  

    Family Sports Center - Asheboro

Since 1990 Family Sports Center in Asheboro, NC, has brought the fun with 32 bowling lanes, billiards, arcade and so much more.

       Address: 219 NC-42, Asheboro, NC 27203

There are lots of ways to take a rainy day turn it into an exciting day you will never forget in the Heart of North Carolina. Plan your adventure to the Heart of NC and remember even after the rain there is room for a rainbow.


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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Winter Bucket List


                 Celebrate the Season

Beat the winter blues and build your bucket list to visit the Heart of North Carolina. Randolph County has a little bit of everything that makes winter a great season to visit. Did you know, November through February are our hibernation months? This means more places to explore with fewer people. Check out our suggestions below for your ultimate bucket list adventure, only in the Heart of NC! 
*** Note that COVID-19 is still affecting events and businesses so please plan accordingly. Many events require advance tickets. **   

Enjoy Winter Wonders 

Kersey Valley Christmas | Lights, Santa, Action 
 -  Archdale, NC

Take the family along to the inaugural celebrations of the season magic with  Kersey Valley Christmas – Lights, Santa, Action in Archdale, NC. An event that will surely delight the young and the young at heart. Expect visits from holiday favorites, train rides, and shopping at Santa’s workshop.

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 North Carolina Zoo | BELIEVE in the Magic of the Season -  Asheboro, NC 

Tour the North Carolina Zoo, decked out in holiday décor, plus meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus.This daytime family adventure is sure to delight all ages with seasonal dining options and a scavenger hunt.This is held the first two weekends in December – don’t miss out. 

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Linbrook Hall Christmas | Trinity, NC

Unique holiday experiences are being offered at Linbrook Heritage Estate in Trinity, NC throughout December. Take a holiday guided tour of Linbrook Hall - three stories of antiques from across the globe with special details for the holidays. You'll also be able to hear stories of the Neal Family adventures and the history of the founding of the estate. The self-guided tours are Thursday through Saturday during the month of December.

Winter Wonder at Linbrook Hall features holiday stories, dance performances, and carolers with special performers from RhinoLeap Productions delighting audiences with holiday cheer - limited availability on Saturday evenings in December. *Advanced tickets are required for the Winter Wonder event. 

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Millstone Creek Orchards | Christmas with the Kringles Market |
  Ramseur, NC 

The Kringles are visiting
 Millstone Creek Orchards this season for a magical Christmas adventure! Celebrate and enjoy a Christmas with the Kringles adventure - Christmas photos with professional photographers, Christmas hayride & light show, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, reindeer food creation station, Christmas cookie decorating, letters to Santa & hot cocoa! Reservations are required as space is limited. Part of the fun on the orchards also includes free outdoor Christmas movies, firepit roasting for hotdogs & s’mores.                                                                            Don't forget the apple cider donuts and hot                                                                                   apple cider!

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Cold Weather Fun Indoor Ideas!


Spend quality time with people that matter with family friendly activities found only in the Heart of North Carolina. Since 1990 the Family Sports Center (pictured left) in Asheboro, NC, has brought the fun with 32 bowling lanes, billiards, arcade and so much more.  The newest indoor attraction to the Heart of NC is Pitstop Raceway in Randleman, which includes an arcade, bar and grill. 


Wanting to learn about history this holiday season? Check out the American Classic Motorcycle Museum and the NC Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame in Asheboro. At American Classic Motorcycle Museum see one of the largest private collections of antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the country, including 45 bikes dating from 1936 to 1978. At the NC Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame see two large hangars full of military artifacts, planes and more from WWI to the present, be sure to plan ahead as they do offer holiday events.
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   Family-Friendly Entertainment



See a show, movie or holiday special in our inviting theaters. From our traditional movie experience at Cinemark VII  in Asheboro located in the Asheboro Mall, to our family-owned and operated Liberty Showcase Theater in Liberty, NC where performances include the Jerry Allison's Annual Christmas Show. Sunset Theatre (pictured left) located in downtown Asheboro will have a show or two for you this holiday season that can't be missed. 

 Wintertime Warmup at Local Eateries


  Enjoy local dining all season among our 50+ restaurants in Randolph County.
 Some of these restaurants have been in business for over 75 years! Explore our dining options that include award-winning fried chicken at Magnolia 23 Southern Kitchen in Asheboro, and historically known Main St. Grill in Staley.  Warm up with daily soup specials at David’s Restaurant in Asheboro. Enjoy a cup of coffee that gives back (*and you can bring your dog) at Pups and Mugs in Seagrove or try a new beverage at The Wet Whistle Co. in Archdale. Whatever the mood you are in this winter, Randolph County can delight the tastebuds. 
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'Tis the Season to Shop 'til You Drop


 Find your next favorite gift item in our charming shops, boutiques, downtown areas, and Asheboro Mall 

Find your next favorite thing at our charming shops, boutiques, and downtown. Each of our cities and towns in the Heart of NC offer excellent shopping experiences for finding the gift for every occasion, and this season is no exception. Brighten up the cabinets with one-of-a-kind pottery from the 50+ potters on the Pottery Highway (NC Hwy 705 ) in Seagrove, NC.  Find the perfect gift for her at one of our many downtown boutiques located in our cities of Asheboro, Archdale, Ramseur, and Randleman. These shops feature women’s clothing and accessories as well as home décor that brightens any room. Be sure to follow them on social media for special holiday shopping experiences and sales. Get the classic Black Friday shopping at Asheboro Mall where you can meet Santa as well as shop at Belk, ULTA, and Books-a-Million. It’s the only mall experience in Randolph County. Find that hard to get treasure at our antiques stores located throughout the county. From furniture to fixtures, there is something to surprise you when exploring antique shops in Randolph County. 
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Be sure to check out other seasonal bucket lists from the Heart of NC for your ultimate bucket list!

Winter Whites in Seagrove, NC

Seagrove, North Carolina   offers an inspiring take on “winter whites” with work from the over 80 working potters. This collection of white,...