Kui Rivera lives for the art of hula and her beloved Aloha Ka’naka O Hula Halau — better known as “The Hula Girls.” Since 2006, she has led the Hawaiian-Polynesian dance troupe in hundreds of performances at community gatherings, including Fourth Friday, the Dogwood Festival and the International Folk Festival.
Emotion. Color. Abundance. That’s how Karoll Echeverri and Brittany Cobb like to get your attention. As the owners of Meraki Creative Agency, a party design and supply shop, they use whimsy and sparkle to put people in a happy mood. “It’s everything in abundance, a lot of color,” Echeverri says of their creative approach. “A lot of color makes a difference. When you do it in abundance, it creates an immediate reaction.”
It all started when Ronnie Luck noticed that his wife, Phyllis, kept repeating herself. “She’d ask the same question over and over again,” says Luck, with tears in his eyes, remembering the early days of her progression to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Brian and Staci Graybill are passionate about food and, specifically, the possibility to elevate a humble sandwich to something special. Their creativity in the kitchen — using the freshest ingredients, many from North Carolina farmers and purveyors — comes to fruition at Pan, an artful eatery that’s quickly become a lunchtime favorite in the heart of downtown Fayetteville.