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Our State Magazine: 4 North Carolina Charcuterie Creators

Anaya has always enjoyed working with food and studied culinary arts at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. She prefers to work intuitively rather than feeling hemmed in by precision or recipes, making charcuterie an ideal outlet for her creativity. When she started Simply Jam’n Boards in early 2021, she wasn’t sure how it would be received in her hometown of Hickory. Within months, though, her business took off. This story was published on Feb 28Click Here to Read Full Article.


Charlotte Magazine: A Survey of the Region’s Small-Town Racing Tracks

Hickory Motor Speedway; It’s been nicknamed “the birthplace of NASCAR stars” for a reason. “There is no sport,” Petty says, “without Hickory.” Hickory winners include Hall of Famers Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Jack Ingram, and others who should be Hall of Famers, like Ralph Earnhardt. NASCAR doesn’t keep records this detailed, but it’s likely that every driver who’s hoisted a Cup race trophy in the last seven decades raced at Hickory at some point. This story was published on Click Here to Read Full Article.


NC Tripping: 20+ Great Things to Do in Hickory (Interactive Museums, the Best Food, and More!) 

Hickory, North Carolina, sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the Catawba River. Asheville and Lake Norman are within a short drive, but the best places to visit and things to do in Hickory will keep you occupied. To outsiders, the city’s best-known attraction is the Hickory Furniture Mart. Fans of Minor League Baseball will know the Hickory Crawdads, but there are even more great places to explore. We created this guide to share the best things to do in Hickory for everyone, including first-time visitors, families, foodies, and more! This story was published on January 17, 2022. Click Here to Read Full Article. 


Our State Magazine: A Guide to Downtown Hickory

The heart of this city flourishes as a hub of art, food, and entertainment with the help of an impassioned community advocate. This story was published on Dec 14, 2021. Click Here to Read Full Article.


NC Tripping: Top 10 Restaurants 10 Amazing Restaurants in Hickory (and 1 Bonus Coffee Shop!) 

If you’re searching for good food in Catawba County, North Carolina, you’d better believe there are some great restaurants in Hickory. As one of the biggest cities in Western North Carolina (after Asheville), Hickory is full of places to eat with a great atmosphere, delicious menu items, and friendly service. Whether you’re passing through on I-40 (Exits 125 and 138), spending the weekend here, or living in the area, we think you’re going to love our choices. After eating our way through this wonderful city, and we’re ready to share our favorite restaurants in Hickory with you here. Our guide will also share one bonus spot that you can’t miss if you’re searching for a pick-me-up. This story was published on December 7, 2021. Click Here to Read Full Article.


Our State Magazine: A Peaceful, Easy Village

A country doctor created an idyllic ghost town of 19th-century log cabins in rural Catawba County. Five decades later, his granddaughter continues to nurture Hart Square Village, a living museum of pioneer life for new generations. This story was published on Oct 19, 2021. Click Here to Read Full Article.


Our State Magazine: The Perfect Season

In the era before integration, Ridgeview High School’s football team was the pride of Hickory, breaking state records left and right. Today, the remaining players are seeing to it that their legacy is not forgotten. This story was published on Sep 27, 2021. Click Here to Read Full Article.


Our State Magazine: At Home in Hickory

In the sprawling and storied Hickory Furniture Mart, your design dreams are limited only by your imagination. This story was published on Aug 31, 2021. Click Here to Read Full Article.


Our State Magazine: Step Into Hickory

Restaurants, museums, shops, and parks: Head out on foot to explore this lively downtown in the Foothills. This story was published on May 05, 2021. Click Here to Read Full Article.


Our State Magazine: 27 Restaurants to Visit on a Special Occasion

White tablecloths, upscale service, and, most importantly, incredible food: Here’s where to eat when you’ve got something to celebrate. Vintage House—Hickory: A glass of wine and an elegant meal at this 1915 home feels like having dinner at your fanciest friend’s house — if your friend hand-cut and aged their own filet mignon. This story was published on Mar 16, 2021. Click Here to Read Full Article. 


Our State Magazine: The Art Museum That Became Hickory’s Masterpiece

The second-oldest art museum in North Carolina started as one man’s dream and became a proud anchor of the community. This story was published on Oct 27, 2020. Click Here to Read Full Article. 


Our State Magazine: 5 Outdoor Adventures in Hickory

From a sunset dinner cruise on Lake Hickory to a trail ride for biking beginners, this foothills town encourages you to get outside. This story was published on Jun 03, 2020. Click Here to Read Full Article. 


Our State Magazine: A Clean Start: Soapmaking in Hickory

A near-fatal accident led Katye Fredieu to soapmaking to care for her wounds and her community. The story was published on Nov 23, 2019. Click Here to Read Full Article


Southern Living: 5 Reasons To Visit Hickory, North Carolina

It's time for a road trip to the great state of North Carolina. Hickory is located in Catawba County, North Carolina, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's a small town (with a population of around 40,000) that's situated between big cities Charlotte and Asheville, and it has plenty of Southern charm. Stop into the visitor's center, and they'll describe themselves as having "a history of craftsmanship. Hickory's past and future prospects have drawn to this place a people with an eye for detail and a hand for hard work, a passion for making something of themselves and of the future." Read on for some of our favorite things to do in Hickory, North Carolina. This story was published in October 2019. Click Here to Read Full Article


Convention South Magazine: The South’s Top 8 Hidden Tracks of the Southern Music Scene

Readers and fans were asked to vote on destinations where groups can best experience unique music while holding a meeting or event, according to ConventionSouth Editor Marcia Bradford. “Meeting Planners and event organizers from across the country look for unique destinations in the South to hold their meetings and events, and ConventionSouth’s 2019 list of “The South’s Top 8 Hidden Tracks of the Southern Music Scene” provides these planners with interesting insights on some of the South’s most alluring smaller cities for musical fun. Cities with a rich musical heritage and vibrant music scene bring an added layer of excitement to a meeting or event. This allows meeting planners to create unique themes during their events, infuse upbeat rhythms to their events, and increase attendance and attendee engagement. By adding the element of music to an event, meeting planners create a more memorable experience for attendees and therefore, increase the success of the gathering.” This story was published on Sep 16, 2019. Click Here to Read Full Article


Our State Magazine: Hollywood Meets Hickory

When two movie buffs started a film society at their local theater, they discovered a community of cinephiles waiting in the wings. Now, their international film festival has created new fans of this charming foothills town. This story was published on Aug 26, 2019. Click Here to Read Full Article


Charlotte Business Journal: Hickory Takes A New Path 

With investments totaling $90M, the Catawba County city has laid the foundation for growth following the model of civic engagement proven out by Greenville, Chattanooga, and others. This story was published on Jul 26, 2019. Click Here to Read Full Article


Chamber of Commerce: Hickory Ranks Within Top 25 Best Cities to Live in North Carolina

Hickory was recently named one of North Carolina's Best Cities to Live in America, according to  Hickory ranked No. 22 out of nearly 80 cities that were listed. gathered information from both the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control for over 2,500 cities.  The comprehensive analysis looked at cities with populations of over 25,000 and covered five essential factors to determine rankings: employment, housing, quality of life, education, and health.

Hickory's top 25 ranking is due to an exceptionally low average housing cost, a remarkably high employment rate, and fantastic median household earnings and commute times in relation to the rest of the state. This story was published in June 2019. Click Here to Read Full Article


Asheville Today: Hickory: Your 24-hour guide 

Hey Asheville, Audra here. Before calling Asheville home, I lived about an hour and twenty minutes east on I-40in the historic city of Hickory (a.k.a the lower #828). Despite a pretty rich history, Hickory is very well-known for two things: the furniture business and being an ideal central location (one hour from Winston-Salem + Charlotte, 40 minutes from Boone, slightly over an hour from Asheville + 30 minutes from Statesville). 

While it’s ideal for those wanting access all over N.C., it’s a growing, sweet town on it’s own. As is a story as old as time, I never truly gave it as much credit as it deserved growing up there (I mean, come on…I was stoked to leave for UNC Asheville).

But now, I enjoy my day trips visiting my dad, hitting up my favorite spots, and seeing all the exciting changes that have come to the area. 

So, if you want to venture an hour east to what is still part of the #828, here is a 24-hour guide of things to do while in Hickory (HKY, as the locals know it). This story was published on Jun 28, 2018. Click Here to Read Full Article


Our State Magazine: The Miracle of Hickory

When polio strikes children in the Piedmont, doctors, nurses, and volunteers rise to the occasion to build an emergency quarantine hospital. This story was published on Jun 25, 2018. Click Here to Read Full Article


Our State Magazine: A Day at the Park in Hickory

Discover a modern downtown playground that sparks joy and imagination in visitors of every age. This story was published on Mar 27, 2018. Click Here to Read Full Article


Charlotte Magazine: Around Towns: Exploring Hickory 

Here, craftsmanship keeps the industry alive. This story was published on Jan 22, 2018. Click Here to Read Full Article


National Geographic Travel recognizes Hickory as one of this year's Best Small Cities in America

National Geographic Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine, recently unveiled its 29 “Cities on the Rise” based on a unique set of metrics, as well as expert picks from its editors.  Hickory, N.C. made the list of National Geographic Travel’s Best Small Cities for 2018, as one of the most “Hipster Friendly” cities in America! Published on Jan 15, 2018.


WNC Magazine: The Review—Boca: A popular meeting place that entertains the taste buds with Spanish, Mediterranean, and Moroccan tapas

It’s a misty evening as we approach Boca, a tapas restaurant and bar tucked into the side of Hickory’s historic Moretz Mills. The sun umbrellas have been tied shut, with café lights strung across the outdoor terrace glowing in the chilly air. Inside, we are greeted with warm paneling, cozy tartan-covered booths, and striking wood surfaces.

A mix of atomic-age chandeliers and oversized Edison-bulb pendant lamps provides focal accents— above the guanacaste wood-topped bar, a corner table near the wine storage room, and at other strategic points of the varied seating areas. The décor is subtly stylish, warm, and inviting, with hints of the exotic, like embroidered leather wall hangings and red-pattered latticework. 

The menu pulls from a number of national cuisines, but mainly from the Moroccan homeland of owner Youssef Amrani along with Spain and Greece. As is au courant, the menu boasts many small plates, as well as a decent selection of heartier fare. Amrani, who has co-owned several restaurants in Hickory, enlisted young executive chef Taylor Fisher to execute his vision. This story was published in January/February 2018. Click Here to Read Full Article


Hickory, N.C. Named Top Tinsel Town in America named Hickory, N.C. as the #1 Best City in America for Holiday Lovers. Hickory was selected as the Top Tinsel Town after considering a variety of holiday aspects, including: flights coming into town for the holidays, Christmas parades, holiday events, and the number of Christmas trees cut down. The City of Hickory’s annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Downtown was listed as the holiday highlight for our city, as well as other local events that make Hickory, N.C. very special, especially during the holiday season. Published on Dec 11, 2017.


Our State Magazine: 4 Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Western NC to Try This Fall

These farm-to-table restaurants don’t let the cool weather stifle their creativity — they work with what’s available, and their menus are anything but boring. This story was published on Nov 02, 2016. Click Here to Read Full Article


Our State Magazine: Family Roots Run Deep at Vanguard Furniture in Hickory

The new guard at Vanguard Furniture looks a lot like the old guard: In Hickory, a second generation of craftspeople fashion every piece by hand, just the way they were taught. This story was published on Sep 14, 2016. Click Here to Read Full Article


WNC Magazine: WNC Magazine: The Review: Fourk: Chef Joyce Boston serves up a sizable menu of classic comfort foods with unique flourishes

Located in a mixed residential/business neighborhood, Fourk fills a splendid niche for Hickory. Its understated credo, “Food with a twist,” only begins to convey how this stylish local watering hole serves up chic cocktails and satisfies with hearty comfort foods like pasta, pork, steaks, and a host of more adventurous dishes. This story was published in September/October 2016. Click Here to Read Full Article


Our State Magazine: City Portrait: Hickory

This Catawba County city inspires residents to craft well-rounded lives — and much, much more. This story was published on Jun 08, 2016. Click Here to Read Full Article


Our State Magazine: Hickory Day Trip Guide

A town defined by what it once made is figuring out what to make of today. Figure out what Hickory is made of for yourself on a day trip. This story was published on Sep 02, 2015. Click Here to Read Full Article