Archive for Shopping / Retail Services
My wife Donna, an artist at The Carter Building, first met Jayson Humphrey, the co-founder and CEO of LiPi – Love it Promote it – when his business was just taking off in an office down the hall from her studio. She recognized him as having an old fashioned spirit coupled with the possibilities engendered by social media and growing edge technology. Their conversations bounced from enthusiasm for the potential that was finding myriad paths for expression in the businesses and art of downtown Raleigh and the dreams that Jayson had as a new father of two sons. This mix of love for family and belief in the creativity of local artists and business owners is at the heart of what makes LiPi such a great reflection of downtown Raleigh.…[ Read More → ]
As neighbors tend to do, I bought something pre-owned on Craigslist from someone who only lives a few blocks away. I read the directions to her house on my phone on the way over and parked in front of her cozy rental, across the street from the recently gutted home of an older lady who plans to resell it for around $400,000, which is typical for property in and around downtown Raleigh. And as neighbors also tend to do, we shared tidbits of information with each other for no particular reason other than just because and it was fun. Come to think of it, I don’t think I gave her any useful information… but I did see something on the way back home that would interest her search for a property to buy and rent to the local college kids… so I will go send that email shortly.…[ Read More → ]
Couture for a Cause, a fashion show to benefit local nonprofit Activate Good, expects to draw a crowd for their fourth annual fundraiser.
When: this Saturday, November 10, Doors open at 7:30
Where: Marbles Kids Museum.
Tickets: advance tickets are $25; at-the-door tickets are $30. VIP tickets will be available for $75.
Whether you’re a lover of fashion or philanthropy (or both!), this event is not to be missed! The fashion show pairs local designers with Activate Good’s nonprofit partners to create looks inspired by each cause’s mission. There will be 19 designers, creating a total of 38 pieces (one “ready-to-wear” and one “art-to-wear”) that represent 17 Triangle-area nonprofits.…[ Read More → ]
About a year ago, my husband Jim and I were making a loop from City Market to Wilmington and Hargett Streets. looking for underutilized properties that might serve as canvases for BEST (Beautifying Emerging Spaces Together). Looking through dusty, barred windows at 333 S. Wilmington, we were surprised when a young man came to the door. It was Zack Hodgin, then a Senior design student at NC State, who together with his friends, Brian Besterman and Josh Staab had rented this run down property to open a screen printing shop they called INKandescent. We were immediately impressed with their vision, and equally so with their willingness to do the Herculean work of renovating the property themselves.…[ Read More → ]
We have lived downtown for six years, and continue to hear all about the new restaurants and bars opening up. These amenities provide great entertainment for us and I love the energy and the enthusiasm, but I was more excited about hearing the news that we have new doctors downtown providing primary care. That’s right, we now have a primary care physician practice downtown—four doctors to be exact. Having a critical service like this is an important addition for the residential base downtown. You can be sure it didn’t take me long to walk down and sign up. I have been a patient with Dr.…[ Read More → ]
Enjoyed the Raleigh Home Tour in past years? Now it’s expanded into the Downtown Living Tour. Volunteer and tour for free!
Downtown Living Tour will include homes, as well as unique urban shops and restaurants offering a discount to attendees.
As in the previous eight years since the tour began, ticket holders can visit a variety of homes ranging from multi-tenant buildings to single family houses. But this year’s home tour is expanding beyond downtown dwellings to focus on the experience and benefits of urban living.
Downtown Raleigh continues to attract a diverse set of residents, who are seeking the benefits of a more urban lifestyle. From innovative young professionals looking to more naturally collaborate and build social networks to empty nesters ready to simplify their lives and enjoy a more walkable and healthy lifestyle, downtown Raleigh is now more attractive than ever.…[ Read More → ]
If you missed the DLA mixer last night, you missed the buzz over Matt Tomasulo’s T-Shirts, created especially for us by City Fabric. Having created a signature design based on maps of cities across the US, it’s now our turn to wear our city pride.
It’s not too late!
DLA T-shirts can be ordered through Sunday. The cost is $20 for DLA members, and $25 for all others. (Not a member? Sign up today and get your $5 discount!)
There are two options for ordering:
1. Stop by the SpiritWorks Studio tomorrow (First Friday) from 6-9pm.
- Shirts will be on hand to try on. (FYI my wife found that the women’s ran small, while I thought the men’s were pretty true to size.)
- SpiritWorks is located in the Carter Building in Glenwood South – map it.
As we move into the new year, the Downtown Living Advocates would like to build on the mutual goals and relationships that we share with other Downtown organizations.
We’ve got the perfect evening for you
Curious to know what’s happening in your own backyard? Want to get to know more of your neighbors? How about the business owners that drive so many decisions in the downtown area?
Come join other DLA members at the DRA (Downtown Raleigh Alliance) Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 23rd from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Okay, so we love the R-Line for getting around the downtown core, but what if we want to do some real shopping or go to the airport?
Like other downtown residents, you like to avoid getting in your car when you can, so maybe you’ve already considered taking the bus somewhere. But you may assume it isn’t practical or worry you might not get where you want to go on time.
Well, if you were one of the DLA members who attended our transit event two weeks ago, you learned just how easy it is to take the bus. For those who missed our event, here’s the good news.…[ Read More → ]
This weekend, 1021 – 10/24: Slip on your shopping shoes, put on your game face and head over to the Raleigh Convention Center for four packed days of serious shopping fun. It’s the 26th A Shopping SPREE! presented by the Junior League of Raleigh, an annual event that not only funds the league’s many community outreach programs, but also jump starts the holiday shopping season for thousands of patrons in the Triangle and beyond.
For a general admission ticket of $10 (good for all four days), you have access to over 150 vendors from across the country showcasing their merchandise. Everything from gourmet food, to pewter, to clothing, to jewelry will be on display for purchase. Dedicated patrons come back year after year for the latest offerings from their favorite exhibitors while looking forward to discovering newcomers to the SPREE.
Jump over to HelloRaleigh.com for more information on this event.…[ Read More → ]