Gather in Downtown Cary Celebrates One Year Anniversary ~ Friday Aug 29th!

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Gather is a unique business located at 111 West Chatham Street in downtown Cary. Gather is a hybrid space that serves many functions: coworking, gift shop featuring local goods, coffee shop, and classroom and it’s celebrating it’s one year anniversary on Friday August 29th from 5-9pm. The celebration will feature 20% discounts on everything in the shop, and free chair massages by one of their coworker businesses. The Humble Pig food truck will also be there serving BBQ and beer will be provided by the soon-to-be-open Pharmacy Bar & Bottle Shop in downtown Cary.

About Gather 
Passionate about community and revitalization, Michelle Smith, founder of The Rock & Shop Market, has taken her expertise on local makers, design and marketing and applied it to another retail incarnation, Gather, in downtown Cary. As an introverted creative entrepreneur Michelle saw a need for a space for herself and others to work out of that was more organic, less competitive, and felt more like a home away from home than traditional coworking spaces – a place that fostered other entrepreneurs like herself.

The majority of Gather’s coworkers are women: editors, massage therapists, programmers, photographers, and artists. Though the gender mix isn’t intentional, the atmosphere is. “I wanted to create a space that fosters emerging makers and entrepreneurs through many channels, not just a shop featuring their goods, but also a place for them to work and meet and learn that suits their creative personality.

The choice of housing the space in downtown Cary is intentional too, if not unconventional “It was a bit of a risk to place Gather in downtown Cary since my audience has traditionally been in Raleigh and Durham, but I believe strongly in the concept of making the Triangle as a whole more unified. I see a lot of potential in downtown Cary, and I like that it is this sleepy, under-recognized town in the middle of the thriving Triangle.”

The gift shop portion of Gather aims to elevate the concept of shopping locally by featuring high caliber North Carolina products and merchandising them well: think Anthropologie, or West Elm, but with a focus on makers in the Triangle’s own backyard. Durham-made peanut butter, for example, or terrariums, hand-stitched leather wallets and bags, all made in Raleigh, or modern mugs adorned with geometric shapes, are just a few of the products you can find in the store. The shop also has a coffee and tea bar, which serves locally roasted Joe Van Gogh coffee and loose-leaf teas from Raleigh-based Tin Roof Teas.

In addition to coworking and products, the space hosts classes continually. The majority of the instructors are North Carolina makers themselves whose goods are in the shop. Gather finds the instructors and curates the classes in the same mindful way they do of the pieces in the gift shop. The most popular offerings so far have been Hand Lettering, Product Photography and Styling, Marketing Your Business, and Making a Terrarium.

About Michelle Smith
Passionate about promoting emerging artisan entrepreneurs, community and revitalization, Michelle Smith has long promoted the best local and regional makers through her endeavors as The Rock & Shop Market, a 2000+ person annual event held in Durham featuring juried emerging artisan makers alongside bands, DJ’s and food trucks.
A designer herself, Michelle creates surface design patterns for textiles and home wares and also works as a stylist and photographer. Her work has been featured in Real Simple, Southern Living, Design*Sponge, West Elm, Anthropologie and more. She is the owner of Gather. She was the creative director of the short-lived but inspired non-profit retail incubator, Kindred, in downtown Raleigh. For more info visit http://www.michelle-s.com

Gather
111 West Chatham Street – Cary, NC
website: www.gatherNC.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/GatherNC
twitter: @GatherNC
instagram: @GatherNC

 

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Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival September 27th – Holly Springs, NC

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If you like craft beer, live music, and food trucks this event is for you! Mark your calendars for September 27th and make plans to be at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs, NC to attend the first annual Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival.

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Craft Breweries
Hundreds of American craft beers will be available to sample from more than 50 breweries from the Triangle to California. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Raleigh and 30 minutes from Durham, this event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers, and the casual beer drinker to meet brewers and brewery representatives and learn about their beers.

  • Breweries Participating Include (but are not limited to): AleSmith, Aviator, Bear Republic, Big Boss, Bombshell, Brice’s Brewing, Brueprint, Bull City Ciderworks, Carolina Brewery, Carolina Brewing Co, Compass Rose, Crank Arm, Deep River, Double Barley, Draft Line, Flat Top, Florida Brewing, Foothills, Fortnight, Front Street, Fullsteam, Gizmo, Haw River, Lagunitas, Lonerider, Mystery, Natty Greene’s, New Belgium, Nickelpoint, Olde Hickory, Oskar Blues, Railhouse, Regulator, Sierra Nevada, Starpoint, Steel String, Sub Noir, The Olde Mecklenburg, The Unknown, Triangle, Triple C, White Rabbit, White Street
  • VIP Breweries Participating Include (but are not limited to): Bear Waters, Birdsong, Burial, Catawba, Fonta Flora, NoDa, One World, Raleigh, Twin Leaf, Wicked Weed
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Music Lineup
Beericana is proud to bring in musical talent from around the state. Headlined by Asheville’s The Honeycutters, the stage will feature local bluegrass duo Lynda and Pattie as well as Darkwater Rising and Skinny Bag of Sugar. The inaugural festival will have the perfect soundtrack to enjoy some great brews on an early autumn afternoon.

  • Featured Musical Artists The Honeycutters (thehoneycutters.com); Lynda and Pattie (lyndaandpattie.com); Darkwater Rising (darkwaterrising.net); Skinny Bag of Sugar (skinnybag.com)

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Food Trucks
In addition to the tunes, the 2014 Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival will feature over a dozen local food trucks! From Korean BBQ to pretzels to gourmet cupcakes, this year’s festival will provide food options sure to appeal to everyone!

  • Food Trucks Participating Include: All-American, Baguettaboutit, CJ’s Street Food, Dump Pho King, Hobby Hill Farm Fresh Pretzels, JAM Ice Cream, Ko Kyu BBQ, Not Just Icing, Olio and Aceto, Stuft, Tailgater Toby, Valentino’s

Ticket Info
Tickets for the 2014 Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival are on sale now. General Admission tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door (if available). VIP Tickets are $75 online and will feature a 90 minute VIP-only time, as well as special beers from breweries not available to general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.beericana.com.

The festival offers a “Designated Driver” ticket price of $15, available online or at the door, to encourage attendee responsibility. There will also be plenty of cabs available from both Taxi Taxi and Safe Ride Home. For those driving, on-site parking will be plentiful and free!

Supporting Local
We are proud of the festival’s Holly Springs, NC roots.In an effort to do our part and give back to the Holly Springs and NC Beer communities, the Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival is donating a portion of its proceeds to Meg’s Smile Foundation (megsmile.org) and The NC Brewers Guild (ncbeer.org).

Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival
September 27th, 2014 12pm-6pm
Sugg Farn Park – Holly Springs, NC (map)
www.beericana.com
For updates & inside notes follow them on twitter @beericana and @919beer.

All attendees are urged to taste responsibly. Please know your limits. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the show. Valid photo identification must be presented.

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The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend ~ Carrboro & Chapel Hill Family-Friendly Festivities

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The minds behind Mom in Chapel Hill bring you the inaugural Not So Normal 5k + Weekend. A weekend long celebration of Community and Philanthropy, with a little exercise thrown in. It will be fun, it will be memorable, and it will be anything but predictable.

Not So Normal 5K & Weekend Celebration
This three-day celebration of community and philanthropy, kicks off Sept. 12 and introduces a family-friendly lineup of activities in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, all culminating with a festive 5K race and outdoor country music concert Sunday, Sept. 14. From date nights for parents to babysitting options and pajama parties for the kids, there will be a variety of events for the community to enjoy all while helping raise money for deserving charities. The best part, unlike other races, 100 percent of proceeds from all 5K registration fees goes directly to nonprofits. Learn more about each event and the nonprofit beneficiaries.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Friday and Saturday Night (Sept. 12 and 13)
    Kids’ parties each night, babysitting options, restaurant specials, comedy shows, outdoor movie and a Carrboro Art Walk, “Meet the Merchants.”
  • Sunday Morning (Sept. 14)
    The Not So Normal 5K race…well, not quite 5K. We shortened to 2.95 miles to make it flatter and a little easier. Why? Because it’s not so normal! Active families will run or walk this fun run, and strollers are welcome on the course. Registration is just $25 and all proceeds go directly to charity. Participants are also asked to bring one book for Book Harvest and/or two canned goods for local food distribution organizations, TABLE and PORCH. Kids’ races, obstacles, face painting and tons of family-fun activities. Children 8 and under are free!
  • Sunday Night (Sept. 14)
    Frankie Ballard Live Presented by 94.7 QDR and The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend. Hosted at University Mall in Chapel Hill, the outdoor concert will feature rising country music star Frankie Ballard, and opening acts Casey Jamerson, Stereosparks and The BuzzTown Band, and DSI Comedy Theater getting the crowd ready to rock. The concert benefits The ArtsCenter, NC Children’s Promise and Kidzu Children’s Museum. Tickets are $9.47 and can be purchased online here.

CONCERT TICKET GIVEAWAY

  • The organizers of this event have been kind enough to offer two free tickets to Triangle Explorer readers for the outdoor concert Sunday Night featuring country music star Frankie Ballard presented by 94.7 QDR. To enter this free drawing simply leave a comment below or share this post on twitter and I will randomly select and email the winner on Friday August 29th.

More Information
website: www.notsonormal5k.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NotSoNormal5k
twitter: @notsonormal

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Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dog Co. To Open This Week in Raleigh

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According to the N&O  Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dog Co. is hoping to open for business this Friday. The restaurant featuring gourmet hot dogs has completely overhauled the space on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh where Spize Cafe was once located. I’m not a huge hot dog fan, but must admit I am intrigued by the menu which includes 8 different kinds of hot dogs, 8 types of dipping sauces, and yes 8 beers on tap.

I’m looking forward to checking this place out when they open and plan to report back with more pictures and thoughts about the food. I’m also interested to see how their takeout window service operates. Once they open their hours will be Monday-Wednesday from 11am to 10pm and Thursday-Saturday 11am to 3am (note the late night hours on weekends!). In the meantime follow them on their facebook page for updates.

Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dog Co.
121 Fayetteville Street #108
Raleigh, NC 27601
http://tasty8s.com

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Kids Helping Kids Triathlon in Cary October 12th!

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This looks like a fun event for kids to be active and support a great cause.  Tell your kids to grab their running shoes, swim goggles, and bike helmets and join kids their age for a day of fun and fighting cancer. On October 12, 2014, Applebee’s and The V Foundation for Cancer Research are hosting the first ever “Kids Helping Kids Triathlon” at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding pediatric cancer research at the Duke Children’s Hospital.

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Race Details
The race includes swimming, biking, and running. The children will participate in three different age groups: 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 year olds. The distances for each stage by age group is provided above. Designed with fun first in mind, the triathlon is an achievable and challenging event for children of all experience levels. You can read more about the race details here.

Fundraising
By participating in the Kids Helping Kids Triathlon, you will be part of the fight against children’s cancers. Proceeds will benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research to continue funding pediatric cancer research at Duke Children’s Hospital. Once you’ve registered for the event, you also have the option create your very own fundraising page.

Register
To learn more about the Kids Helping Kids Triathlon and register for the event visit the official website here: http://kidshelpingkidstri.racesonline.com

Kids Helping Kids Triathlon – Sunday, Oct. 12th 8:00 a.m.
Triangle Aquatic Center
275 Convention Drive
Cary, NC 27511

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