Archive for February, 2010
Faces of Raleigh: Hector Ibarra, Owner of Jibarra Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Lounge in Raleigh’s Warehouse District
The DLA is all about getting to know you: the residents, workers and business owners who are shaping the character of Downtown life. Watch for our Faces of Raleigh blog posts to share a glimpse of whom we’re meeting. We appreciate the following interview provided by our DLA members, Ryan Craig and Julie Johnson Babb. Ryan and Julie recently interviewed Hector Ibarra of Jibarra Modern Mexican and Tequila Lounge.
Ryan: What are your impressions of Downtown Raleigh?
Hector: I moved my business from North Raleigh to Downtown because people come to Downtown Raleigh for something different – a locally owned experience.…[ Read More → ]
When my wife and I dropped in to meet Megg this week, conversation sparked from her delight in discovering the UPS store behind the Hudson, to her pleasure in the well-attended reception the Mahler Gallery had hosted for the local lawyer, Wade Smith, whose artwork is currently displayed in the windows of the N.C. State Bar Building (228 Fayetteville St.). Through her eyes, we were quickly able to see the networking, support and vision that have made Megg and her business partner, Rory Parnell long time Downtown enthusiasts.
Whether it’s lending their space for yoga classes, sharing their art with 18 Seaboard or the American Institute of Healthcare and Fitness, their sense of community expresses itself in ways that make all of Raleigh a more creative, vibrant, engaging place to live.…[ Read More → ]
What do you get when you mix national and international talent with wine??? Mosaic’s Spring Music Fest
Mosaic Wine Lounge offers a sexy, sophisticated and romantic atmosphere with their Moroccan inspired décor with numerous couches, hanging lamps and candles. The owner reports the clientele to be 75% professional women, with the crowd generally over 25 years of age.
Established in 2006 in Raleigh’s Glenwood South entertainment district (517 W. Jones Street), Mosaic attracts an array of national and international DJ talent, with live Salsa and Samba Bands after 10:00pm. You will not find any Televisions or Hip Hop music in this joint.
Each night of the week Mosaic features a different theme and speciality drink. Wednesday nights they host a free wine tasting at 7:30pm. And, if you do not wish to sample the wine Mosaic offers, all other wine on Wednesdays (by the bottle or the glass) are available at half price.…[ Read More → ]
I keep hearing that the demand for the lifestyle associated with Downtown living is high and growing. But when I talk with Boomers who live in big houses in the suburbs, there is a real reluctance to make the shift . . . and it’s mainly about the challenges of downsizing!
My wife and I are empty nesters, and made the leap from a large single family home to apartment/condo type living over 10 years ago, and we’re very happy we did. I know many of you Boomers out there are thinking about it too . . . so I wanted to share my own perspective and thoughts about it.…[ Read More → ]