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Shop Local: The Gift of Local Coffee


Jubala Village Coffee in North Raleigh

If you have followed my blog for while you know I am a big fan of coffee and enjoy frequenting the many great local coffee shops we have here in the Triangle. As we approach the holidays I wanted to share that local coffee shops are also a great source of gifts for the coffee geek in your life. Most shops sell bags of fresh locally roasted coffee and home coffee brewing equipment like pour over cones, mugs, and coffee servers. If you aren’t sure what to get another convenient option is a gift card.  Your local coffee shop is a great way to shop local. Below is a quick list of some of my “go to” places for local coffee, home brewing gear, and gift cards.

Local Coffee Shops – Gift Cards Available
Brew Coffee Bar – Downtown Raleigh
Bean Traders – Durham
Cafe’ de los Muertos – Downtown Raleigh
Caffe Driade – Chapel Hill
Cocoa Cinnamon* – Durham
Jubala Village Coffee* – North Raleigh
Open Eye Cafe* – Carrboro
Sola Coffee Cafe* – North Raleigh
Well Bean Coffee – Wake Forest

* = Home coffee brewing equipment also available.


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


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.


  • 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.


  • 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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Picture of the Week: Bulltown Strutters at Weaver Street Market


The Bulltown Strutters Playing at Weaver Street Market ~ Carrboro, NC

This week’s picture was taken at the Carrboro 4th of July celebration. I was there playing my trombone with The Bulltown Strutters on the Weaver Street Market lawn. Following a short set we lead the people’s parade to the town commons for the 4th of July Festival. I love making trips to Carrboro becasue it gives me a chance to visit one of my favorite coffee shops, The Open Eye Cafe. I highly recommend exploring downtown Carrboro, especially on Saturday’s when you can start your day at the awesome Farmers’ Market. Carrboro is a great little Triangle community to visit.


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Fourth of July Fun in Carrboro!


Yesterday I had the pleasure of celebrating the 4th of July in Carrboro. The festivities started out with live music on the lawn in Front of Weaver Street Market. Afterward a small “people’s” parade lead everyone down to a kids fun zone set up by the Town Hall Commons. There were kids games, bouncy houses, food vendors, live music, clogging dancers etc.My favorite was the clogging (pictured above). Here are a few more of my pictures from the celebration yesterday!


Live music on the lawn in Front of Weaver Street Market. Always a great place to hang out with the family and pets. Large trees provide ample shade and there is space to set up chairs in addition to tables to sit and eat food and drinks you can get from of the the market.


A huge kids fun zone was set up in the Town Hall Commons area. This is where the Carrboro Farmer’s Market usually takes place each Saturday. Lots of games, food, and music to enjoy.


There were tons of families with younger children and it definitely appeared to be a pet friendly event since I spotted a lot of happy dogs. As I walked around I came across this neat little setup of large chalkboards for children to draw patriotic pictures and messages.


My favorite carnival game, know by some as the “High Striker” was there. This is the the one where you swing a large hammer to get the bell on top of the poll to ring. This was a popular “feat of strength” for the kids.


I didn’t get a chance to try it, but I noticed the Tar Heel creamery was out there selling their locally made ice cream. With the hot weather this was a popular food truck yesterday!


The Gravy Boys were playing the main stage during my visit. People brought their own chairs to relax and enjoy the show in the shade of a perfectly placed large tree.


I really enjoyed spending my 4th of July in Carrboro yesterday. It isn’t the biggest event in the area,  but it was the perfect size for a town the size of Carrboro. Local residents really seem get into it and bring out their patriotic spirit and have a good time. You can read more about the types of activities at the event on the Carrboro 4th of July Celebration website.

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Weekend Picks! May 24-26th


Jazz & More Brunch Sundays at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro

Holiday weekends are usually a little slower in the Triangle event wise, but you can still find some fun things to check out this weekend. This weekend there are some great live music performances to check out. Here my top picks for things to do this Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy!

Friday May 24th

Live Music! Chris Titchner at Sola Coffee
If you are looking for some great live music, you don’t need to look any further than Sola Coffee in North Raleigh. They typically have live local music each Friday and Saturday night starting at 7:30pm. This Friday Sola is host to Chris Titchner (Acoustic Guitar &  lyric-driven tunes).

When: Friday 7:30pm
Where: Sola Coffee & Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh
More Info: website

Saturday May 25th

2nd Sip… Wine, Beer and Music Fest at “Sip…a Wine Store”
Join Sip…a wine store for their 2nd annual Wine, Beer and Music Festival. Each Festival event highlights a winery or wine region, a brewery, a local musician or band, and an event inspired special. This year’s Festivals promise to be even bigger and better with added events and the Huble Pig Food Truck. Music/Beer/Wine.

Tickets are $5.  Children, DDs are free. Wine and beer sold separately.

When: Saturday 4-8pm
Where: Sip…a wine store, 1059 Darrington Drive, Cary
More Info: website

Caged Bird Society 25th Annual Pet Bird Fair and Show
If you like birds this event is for you. The pet bird fair at the NC State fairgrounds this weekend will feature a large bird display area, birds from around the world , raffle, food & drink, and a large Selection of vendors.

When: Saturday 9am-5pm
Where: Kerr Scott Building at NC State Fairground
More Info: website

Sunday May 26th

Live Jazz & More Brunch at Weaver Street Market – Carrboro
Each Sunday during the summer you can enjoy a fun Sunday morning sitting in the shade taking in some free tunes at the Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. Free music every Sunday from 11-1. This weeks featured musicians are  Dana & Susan Robinson. Bring a blanket or chairs and relax.

When: Sunday 11am-1pm
Where: Lawn in front of Weaver Street Market in Carrboro
More Info: website

Wake Forest Six Sundays Music Series
Bring the kids, friends, a picnic, and a blanket! Town of Wake Forest, the Six Sundays in Spring concert series returns for 2013 on consecutive Sundays from April 28 through June 2. This week’s headlining musician is Ghezzi. These FREE concerts are held at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater. Opening bands starting at 3 pm, with the main acts starting at 5 pm and ending at 7 pm. Food vendors will there include VFW food trailer, the Lemon TreeSweet Traditions by LeAne (cupcakes) and Lumpy’s Ice Cream!

When: Sunday 5-7pm
Where: E. Carrol Joyner Park,  701 Harris Road, Wake Forest
More Info: website

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