JoCo. You may not have heard of this county, but anyone who has experienced it carves out a soft spot for it in their heart. Johnston County, as it’s proper name expands out to, is one of the biggest counties in North Carolina, and the next county south of Raleigh.

The Market at Three Little Birds, Clayton

Three Little Birds was started by a local, who gathers together unique, handcrafted items from over 70 local artists. Even the girls loved browsing the three levels of signs, jewelry, clothes, and home furnishings. 

Sculpture Trail and Community Garden

Scattered along Main Street in Downtown Clayton is a self-guided sculptural trail featuring sculptures by local artists that are changed every year. The sculptures along the free, self-guided trail are changed each year.

Boulevard West

For your hipster café experience, head to Boulevard West where you’ll find locals on their laptops at the bar drinking all manners of coffee concoctions. At night, well even in the day if you please, those coffees switch over to beer and wine.

Boyette Family Farm

We walked through it the first time completely wowed by the detail in the bright neon paintings that covered every black painted walls of the shed. We had no idea until the end, that it was actually a 3D art experience. 

Nancy Jo’s Bakery

Nancy’s Bakery was started out of necessity due to a family health crisis and the need to create money to pay for medical costs. David and his mother began selling cakes at the Raleigh Farmers Market. 

JP’s Pastry

JP’s Pastry is now a thriving bakery business that is the only certified gluten free bakery in North and South Carolina. Yes. A bakery, completely full of gluten free products, and some vegan products.