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Picture of the Week – Boulted Bread!

Boulted Bread

Boulted Bread – Coming Soon!

This week’s photo captures a new Triangle bakery is in the works. Boulted Bread is in the process of renovating a site located at 614 W. South Street in downtown Raleigh. This is over by the historic Boylan Heights neighborhood. Note the “Bread” sign on the left. The pictures of their test batches of bread on their facebook page look amazing. I’m really looking forward to their opening and will plan to do a full post once they open for business later this summer. In the meantime you can follow them using the links below for updates and pictures of their great looking bread!

Boulted Bread – Coming Soon!
614 W. South Street – Raleigh, NC
twitter: @BoultedBread
instagram: @boultedbread

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O2 Fitness Shape Up Downtown 2014


As you know I am getting ready to run in the Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Half Marathon next week.  A big part of my preparation includes cross training at O2 fitness, the largest locally owned fitness company in NC,  where I have been a member for the past four years.  I wanted to pass along the news that O2 is hosting their 4th annual “Shape Up Downtown” event this month in downtown Raleigh. The free event series will be offered every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in April, and will give members of the community the chance to try an array of popular fitness classes while enjoying the warmer weather. All classes are free and open to the public (all ages & skill levels welcome). These free classes will take place at 6:00 p.m. on the City Plaza turf located in the 400 block of Fayetteville Street (map).

Shape Up Downtown Spring 2014 Schedule
(All classes take place starting at 6:00 p.m.)

  • Monday, April 7 – BODYFLOW™
  • Tuesday, April 8 – Total Body Conditioning and Walk/Run
  • Wednesday, April 9 – Bootcamp
  • Monday, April 14 – Zumba
  • Tuesday, April 15 – INSANITY® and Walk/Run
  • Wednesday, April 16 – Yoga
  • Monday, April 21 – Yoga
  • Tuesday, April 22 – CXWORX™ and Walk/Run
  • Wednesday, April 23 – BODYATTACK™
  • Monday, April 28 – Zumba
  • Tuesday, April 29 – BODYFLOW™ and Walk/Run
  • Wednesday, April 30 – Ballet Barre

Happy+Hale ~ Tuesdays at Shape Up Downtown


Photo courtesy Happy+Hale

While free classes will be offered every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, one weekday in particular will be especially worthwhile. Every Tuesday, participants will be able to refuel with help from Happy + Hale, downtown Raleigh’s popular fresh juice and salad delivery service. The company, which began as a cart operation, will move into the former Collectors Gallery space in May. Happy + Hale will be on site at Shape Up Downtown to pass out free samples of some of their most in-demand drinks and salads including the Kale Krusader, Beet It, Happy Herbs and All Hale Caesar

O2 Fitness Supports Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo 2014 Season


As you may have read earlier this week, the organizers of the upcoming 2014 Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo season were working to raise the funds needed to produce this year’s events via a Kickstarter campaign. As of yesterday they were still short of the funding goal. That’s when O2 Fitness stepped in and offered to make up the difference to ensure this great community event is able to go off without a hitch.

“We always do what we can to support our local communities, including events like the Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo – a fantastic event that gives people from around the Triangle and beyond a chance to enjoy our beautiful downtown,” said Michael D. Olander, Jr., CEO of O2 Fitness Clubs. “We’re happy to play a part in the success of this year’s event and look forward to chowing down on some great food along with the rest of the attendees!”

The Raleigh Food Truck Rodeos are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Sunday, May 4th, 2014
  • Sunday, June 8, 2014
  • Sunday, August 10, 2014
  • Sunday, October 12, 2014

Between Shape Up Downtown & the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeos there is a lot to look forward to downtown the next few months! Happy exploring!

About O2 Fitness

O2 Fitness is headquartered in Downtown Raleigh and is the largest locally owned fitness company in North Carolina. By hosting events such as Shape Up Downtown, which kicked off earlier this week, O2 Fitness continues making it clear that it’s committed to the downtown area. This free event series gives members of the community the chance to try popular group fitness classes for free throughout the month of April on the City Plaza turf on Fayetteville Street.


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Arrow Haircuts – Cameron Village


I’ve lived in Raleigh for almost nine years now and have found the Triangle to offer almost everything I need. Yet, in all that time calling Raleigh home the one thing that has eluded me is finding a great place to get my hair cut. I am happy to report that my search is over now that I have discovered Arrow Haircuts.


Arrow is located in the space formerly occupied by the Professional Barber Shop on Woodburn Avenue in Cameron Village. Owner Pete Phipps openeded Arrow to provide an alternative to the national chains and expensive salons. I like Arrow because they serve both men and women providing an excellent cut by friendly staff for a great price in a modern and friendly environment. As an added bonus patrons can enjoy a free beer and snacks while they wait. Their is even a nice display of locally made products (like White Whale cocktail mixers) to browse. These unique added touches and attention to detail make a trip to Arrow feel like a unique experience and the type of place you would want to visit even if you don’t need a cut.


Adding to the community feel, Arrow also holds free special “Arrow University” education events on a monthly basis to bring together people looking to learn “the finer points of being an even better adventurer, connoisseur, and trendsetter. Recent classes included lessons on how fly fish, and tips for the backyard BBQ season. Their next class will be held March 18th at 7:30pm with local sports radio host Joe Ovies. Joe will instruct people on how to fill out brackets for the 1st Annual Arrow March Madness Pool. Winner gets complimentary haircuts for the rest of 2014.


After nine years of bouncing around from place to place trying to get a decent cut I was really happy with the haircut I received at Arrow. I will definitely be a regular there. Arrow offers men’s, women’s and children’s cuts. Prices range from $15 for a men’s buzz cut to $36 for  ladies long cut. My cut was $18 because I went for a regular cut with both buzzers and scissors.  They also offer shampoos for $3, and shaves with a hot towel and straight razor at $25 (I want to try this!).  Discounts are provided to students and those who serve in the military, police and fire departments. I highly recommend you try them for your next cut. If you do visit Arrow be sure to let me know what you think!

Arrow Haircuts & Shaves
419 Woodburn Road
Raleigh, NC 27605
phone: 919-977-6452

facebook: Arrow Haircuts on FB
twitter: @ArrowHaircuts


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Top of the Hill Distillery – Chapel Hill

Top Of the Hill Distillery - Chapel Hill, NC

Top Of the Hill Distillery – Chapel Hill, NC

Did you know you can buy vodka, gin, and whisky that is made right here in the Triangle? I didn’t either until earlier this year when I visited Top of the Hill Distillery (TOPO) located in the former Chapel Hill News building off Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill. Scott Maitland, founder and owner of the iconic Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery, opened the distillery because he wanted to make spirits from organic ingredients local to North Carolina.

Top Of the Hill Distillery - Chapel Hill, NC

Touring the Distillery

I took a tour of the distillery with several of my foodie blogger friends where I tried samples and learned about how TOPO sources local ingredients to make their organic spirits.  TOPO Distillery is the only certified organic and fully local distillery in the South. They use local, organic ingredients (all obtained within 100 miles of the distillery) and transform the grain to spirits using equipment sourced from a fifth generation German still maker.

Top Of the Hill Distillery - Chapel Hill, NC

Esteban Pouring Samples!

Tours of the distillery are a lot of fun because you get a behind the scenes look at how the spirits are made and you get to sample them. Esteban, our guide was great explaining how TOPO’s spirits are different from other brands on the market. I tried all three of the spirits(Vodka, Gin, and Whiskey). Each was excellent in its own way but as a gin drinker my favorite was the TOPO Piedmont Gin. It is American Dry gin with a natural smoothness featuring botanical  flavors like citrus, cardamom, coriander, and cucumber. It has become my “go to” gin for homemade gin and tonics

Top Of the Hill Distillery - Chapel Hill, NC

TOPO Age Your Own Whiskey Kit

TOPO also makes a great Carolina Whiskey.  It is made using 100% organic soft red winter wheat from Scotland Neck, NC. It won a silver medal in the 2013 San Francisco International Spirits Competition and a silver medal at the Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago. Top of the Hill Distillery is one of only six distilleries in the United States making wheat whiskey.

Top Of the Hill Distillery - Chapel Hill, NC

Mini Wiskey Barrels

They also sell “Age Your Own Whiskey” Kits that allow you to age 2 liters of Carolina Whiskey to perfection at home! Because of the increased surface area to volume ratio of the two liter barrel, the whiskey ages approximately 12–15 times faster than in a normal 53 gallon barrel. So the aging process only takes about three months and results in an incredible Wheat Whiskey. These make great gifts for the home brewer!

Tom & Esteban of TOPO Distillery

Tom & Esteban of TOPO Distillery

Guided tours and tastings of the spirits are  typically held each week on Thursday & Friday at 6pm and 7pm and Saturday at 4pm and 5pm. Tours must be scheduled in advance on the Top of The Hill website. Tours cost $20 per person but you can typically find groupon and living social deals online offering 50% off. The tours are a fun for locals and out of town guest and a great way to enjoy a visit to Chapel Hill.  Bottles of Top of  The Hills spirits can be found in ABC stores throughout the Triangle and North Carolina.

Topo Distillery
505 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Twitter: @TOPOdistillery

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Wine Authorities in Raleigh – Open House January 11th

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Yesterday founder Craig Heffley opened the doors to Raleigh’s newest wine store – Wine Authorities – located downtown at Person Street Plaza (211 East Franklin Street).  To celebrate the opening of their Raleigh location Heffley will host an Open House January 11th from 11am to 5pm. The open house will feature at least two food trucks, beer & wine tastings, and local product demos. There will even be a magician for the kids.

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I had a chance to swing by the shop yesterday to take few pictures and sample some wine from the Enomatic wine machine. The shop has a great vibe with a fun lounge and bar area to sample beer and wine. I love their huge selection of affordable wines (all under $50) and great local product offerings: counter culture coffee, slingshot cold brew, big spoon peanut butter – just to name a few. The staff and owner were very helpful and friendly. I think this new local shop is a great addition to downtown Raleigh and I plan on being a regular there.

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OPEN HOUSE – January 11th (11am-5pm)
Heffley and his friendly staff will pour a variety of wines and beers at the open house this Saturday.  Their Enomatic wine dispensing machine will provide 24 wines for sampling before purchasing (1 ounce tastings range from 80¢ to $5). Visitors will also discover a wine-by-the-glass menu and cheese & charcuterie plates to enjoy in the indoor lounge seating and outdoor café seating.

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Local Products
Heffley, a longtime supporter of independently owned businesses, has invited local food and beverage entrepreneurs and vendors whose artisanal foods and brews will be available at the store regularly, to sample on January 11th.

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At the open house, and on-going, guests will find local craft beers like the much-anticipated Ponysaurus, as well as Trophy Brewing and Crank Arm, Scratch Bakery’s crackers and granola, Yellow Dog Bakery’s breads, Greensboro’s Giacomo Santomauro’s charcuterie, Toast’s salad dressings, Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butters, Counter Culture Coffee in bag, Slingshot’s coffees, as well as local and imported cheeses. Food trucks will also be part of the festivities.

Fun for the Kids
Children are welcome to join in the celebration! Just like the Durham store, Wine Authorities’ Raleigh store will be a family-friendly wine store, offering a kids coloring table for designing little works of art that will be displayed in the store. A kid-friendly magician will also be on hand at the open house.

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About Wine Authorities
Since opening in Durham in 2007, Wine Authorities has blazed a new trail in wine retailing. Eschewing big brands and critic-appointed ratings, Heffley has focused on a selective inventory, creative, informative and even humorous marketing, and wine education. As a result, loyal fans and national press followed; Wine Authorities has repeatedly won Durham Magazine and Indy Week’s “awards for Best Wine Shop, and in 2013 The New York Times’ wine critic Eric Asimov praised Wine Authorities as a “shop devoted to removing intimidation from the wine business.”

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“We believe that our customers care as much about what they put into their glass as they do about what’s on their plate, so we don’t carry any factory made wines… only wines made by small family-owned wineries; and we’re excited to finally bring these wines to Raleigh,” exclaimed Heffley. And what’s more, Wine Authorities focuses on value and doesn’t cater to collectors. As a result it’s become a haven for drinkers of everyday wine, all under $50 a bottle, with the majority of their selection under $15.

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Wine Authorities takes great pride in sourcing delicious, value-oriented wines and has even been quite successful as one of the largest retailers of artisan “bag-in-box” wines. Heffley continues to source delicious wines from small, estate-owned wineries in an effort to deliver hand crafted wines at an affordable cost – in the same way that he’s experienced at many tiny restaurants and corner markets in European villages.

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Since education is at the core of their mission, free tastings will take place every Saturday and Tuesday, with Tuesdays howcasing more obscure wines, and regular classes providing an opportunity for more in-depth tasting and study, often with winemakers and importers – just as they are at the Durham store. Tastings at the Raleigh store will begin immediately after opening, and the first wine class, “Vine to Wine,” will take place in January.

Wine Authorities – Raleigh
211 East Franklin Street
Raleigh, NC 27604 (map)
twitter: @wineauthorites


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