Urban Artist Hosting Underground Exhibit in Durham ~ Friday Sept 19th

A one of kind exhibit of works by local artist Tony Waldron is scheduled for this Friday, September 19th at 8pm at 106 Main in Durham. Tony’s work has been shown in galleries around Durham and Raleigh; however this is his first solo exhibit. He wants to provide a totally unique experience for exhibiting his art. The space is not your typical white walled gallery and will provide the perfect setting for viewing his latest works. The exhibit space will only be open to the public for 3 hours before the lights go dim.

This show will take you underground into Tony’s world of art. It will feature five new pieces that have never before been seen by the public, in a space that has not been open to the public for 40 years. For one night only, the owner of 106 Main will open a 123 year old underground room that has been transformed into an exhibit space. Each piece of art will feature a custom built installation that will enhance the viewing experience, and is designed to stimulate your senses and set your mind racing with thoughts and emotions. Come for the experience, but stay for the party.

Continue your Third Friday festivities at street level in the main bar space. 106 Main is a throwback bar reminiscent of times past. The drinks here are made and served with pride, using nothing but the finest ingredients. This place has a great atmosphere and good vibes to spare. If you’ve never been here, this may just be the chill local bar you’ve always been looking for.

“It’s Coming” Exhibit by local Arties Tony Waldron
106 Main St. Durham, NC 27701
One night only, Friday September 19th
Show hours 8pm – 11pm; Art Party hours 8pm – 2am

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Picture of the Week: Biscuits & Coffee in Durham


Wicked Biscuit at Cocoa Cinnamon

This week’s picture was actually taken last Sunday. My wife and I headed over to Durham to grab some coffee and tea at Cocoa Cinnamon. It is one of my favorite coffee shops and we enjoy sitting outside among their patio tables and people watch. This past summer food trucks have started showing up at the shop for “Sunday Brunch” and while the trucks tend to rotate, one of the regular trucks you can find there on Sunday is the relatively new Wicked Biscuit truck. I didn’t get the opportunity to try a biscuit on this visit (we were on our way to the park) but I plan to do so very soon. In the meantime you can track the truck to find out where they will be by following them on twitter at @WickedBiscuitCo.

Cocoa Cinnamon ~ 420 W. Geer Street – Durham, NC

I couldn’t possible share about Cocoa Cinnamon without at least one coffee picture! On this visit I tried their Middle Eastern Iced Coffee. Their menu describes it as a slow and cold brewed iced coffee brewed with cardamom, rose petals and vanilla bean. I found it delicious and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something a little different the next time you want an iced coffee. Cocoa Cinnamon is a great community space and one of my go to places in Durham. To keep tabs on their latest offerings and things going on at the shop follow them on twitter at @CocoaCinnamon.

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zpizza ~ Globally Inspired Pizzas

Like many people out there I am a big fan of pizza. Over the years I have kind become a pizza snob. I’ve had my fair share of both good and bad pizza while growing up at the Jersey shore (although I have to admit that being from NJ does not make one a pizza expert). I have also found some really great pizza places here in Raleigh. While I typically stick to non-chain restaurants, one exception I regularly make to this rule is zpizza.  The reason why I frequent them is not only because their pizza tastes great, but they use really good quality ingredients in their pies and salads. The difference is in the fresh toppings, organic tomato sauce, GMO free wheat flour in their crust, and they even offer a gluten free crust options which makes my wife very happy.

Napoli Pizza

I recently had a chance to sample a few of their latest menu offerings now featuring new globally inspired ingredients and I continue to be impressed with the quality pizzas they offer. Now I am a bit of a bore when it comes to pizza. I typically stick to a basic cheese & pepperoni (zpizza’s pepperoni is MSG-free pepperoni with no added nitrites or preservatives). But on my most recent visit I tried something a little different. I ordered the Napoli pizza. This pie features tomatoes, parmesan cheese, mozzarella, basil, and roasted garlic sauce. I loved the combination of garlic and parmesan. It added a bit of a bite to the pizza and went well with fresh tomatoes and balanced well with the layer of mozzarella and crisp thin crust.

Below are a few of zpizza’s other popular pizza selections that I hope to try in the near future:

  • Greek – Features the rustic flavors of the Mediterranean with feta, Red onions, oregano and Greek olives
  • Thai Chicken – Pizza w/ an Asian twist that includes. Thai peanut sauce, Thai chicken, bean sprouts, carrots and cilantro
  • Mexican – Bueno con lime chicken, avocado and sour cream

ZBQ Salad

zpizza also serves flat-bread sandwiches, pasta and salads. One of my favorite salads is their “ZBQ” salad with mixed greens, BBQ chicken, roasted red peppers, red onions, corn and chipotle dressing. I like a little protein with my greens and the zesty chicken goes really well with the mixed greens and chipotle. My wife enjoys the strawberry and fetta salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Both saldads are quite good and when paired with a large pizza could easily serve two people for a nice healthy dinner. I am sort of a creature of habit so the Napoli and ZBQ have become my go to choices at zpizza but there are many more pizza and salad options to choose from. You can view their full menu offerings on the Zpizza website.

Strawberry Feta Salad (1)

Pizza & Salad Giveaway
The great people at zpizza have provide coupons for a Free large pizza and salad for me to give away to one lucky TriangleExplorer reader. To enter the free giveaway simply leave a comment below. I will randomly select a winner on Tuesday September 16th. At this point there are only three zpizza locations that I know of in the Triangle Area. Two are in Raleigh and one is Cary. I’ve listed the locations below in case you would like to check them out.

Triangle Locations

zpizza Downtown Raleigh
421 Fayetteville St
Raleigh, NC

zpizza North Raleigh
9630 Falls of Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC

zpizza Cary
96 Cornerstone Drive
Cary, NC



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Keeping My Eye on Fall Triangle Events 2014!


View of Center for Architecture and Design Building on Peace Street

This is a quick list of some fun events coming up this Fall in the Triangle. It is by no means an exhaustive list, and feel free to leave a comment below if you have something you think I should include. This list includes several events I’ve either enjoyed before or have recently caught my eye and I hope to attend this time around.



Recurring Fall Music Series



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


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

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



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