Lee Swinson, owner of Golden Grove Candy Company, has found his niche in the business with the success of the Carolina Crisp Peanut Bar. For over 30 years, this local treat has been in production, satisfying the cravings of North Carolinians state-wide. The bar is made with just enough corn syrup, sugar, and salt to hold together the paramount ingredient- double roasted Carolina/Virginia-style peanuts. The double roasting process is what gives the peanut bar its rich flavor.

The Golden Grove Candy Company is based out of Warsaw, North Carolina and distributes their product to area stores such as Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly, Kerr Drugs, IGA, and Handy Mart. The company is unique to the business in that they control every aspect of production. From planting, raising, harvesting, storing, roasting, packaging, and shipping, Golden Grove can ensure high quality control.

For more information on Golden Grove Candy Company and the Carolina Crisp Peanut Bar, visit www.goldengrove.com.

Golden Grove Candy Company

364 West Park Drive

Warsaw, NC


The weather is once again beautiful in Eastern North Carolina and it is the perfect time to get outdoors. Maxwell Mill Park in Pink Hill offers a wealth of activities for the entire family. If you are planning a ?stay-cation? or looking for things to do while in the area, be sure to put Maxwell Mill on your list.

The park is a full service membership RV and camping facility that has trails for hiking and biking, areas for fishing, WiFi, and even a swimming pool. Enjoy the gorgeous 75 acre cypress mill pond by canoe or kayak available for rent. Active duty military is always welcome and eligible for a 10% discount. Maxwell Mill Park is open year round for the absolute nature lover. For more information and park photos, visit www.mawell-mill-park.com

Do you love fresh and local produce, but can?t make it to a farmers market? James Sprunt Community College has teamed up with local farmers to bring you Eastern Carolina Food Ventures. This website is a network of local famers that offer their goods for sale to the online community in a sustainable system.

Goods that are available for sale include baked goods, fresh eggs, fruits, vegetables, honey, jams & jellies, herbs, and meats. Customers make their selections and pay for the order online via credit or debit card by Wednesday at 12PM for a Thursday delivery. Orders are delivered to a predetermined location (such as JSCC or Duplin General Hospital) or delivered directly to a restaurant for chefs.

Eastern Carolina Food Ventures is currently serving Duplin, Sampson, Pender, Johnston, Lenior, Wayne, Wake, and Jones counties. There are no minimum orders and the network is always searching for more growers to participate. For more information and to place an order today, visit www.farmersfreshmarket.org/easterncarolinafoodventures/

One may have a hard time picturing a modern spa and salon in the quiet little town of Faison, but that is exactly what Robin Smith has created with Mainstreet Salon and Day Spa. Smith has 18 years of experience in the beauty business and is a former cosmetics teacher at James Sprunt Community College. Mainstreet offers typical hair care services, as well as facials, salt scrubs, manicures, pedicures, and microdermabrasion. The salon has an upscale feel without having to travel into the big city and pay boutique prices.

Mainstreet Salon and Day Spa is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30AM-until. Robin is the sole worker in her business, so please make an appointment with her by calling 910-267-0700.

Mainstreet Salon and Day Spa
216 West Main Street
Faison, NC 28341

If you plan to travel into Duplin County or anywhere in North Carolina, for that matter, be sure to check out the Homegrown Handmade website. Homegrown Handmade offers lists of things to do and see in any area of the Carolina Foothills, Peidmont, and Coastal Plains you visit. The website and guide have a compiled list of activities and attractions that are unique to North Carolina. Homegrown Handmade has gathered information on events such as the Muscadine Festival, farm sites like Tarkil Branch, art galleries, gardens, and more.

The focus of the site is to enlighten tourists and residents of the local goods, services, and attractions to promote business. The project was developed by The North Carolina Arts Council, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, HandMade in America, and Golden LEAF. Check the website for information on the attractions in Duplin County or to order a guide at http://www.homegrownhandmade.com.