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North Raleigh Rise Biscuits & Donuts Opens Saturday Nov. 14th!

Rise Biscuits & Donuts

Rise in North Raleigh

If you are a donut lover like me you probably already knew that Rise is planning to open several locations across the Triangle over the next year. Their new North Raleigh location is set to open this Saturday, November 14th at 7am. In case you didn’t know, the North Raleigh shop is located in the Sutton Square Shopping Center at the intersection of Falls of Neuse & Spring Forest Road (the one with a Fresh Market). They will be open daily from 7am to 2pm.


Rise Raspberry Jelly Donut

The great thing about Rise is that they are well known for both their daily rotating donut menu AND creative breakfast biscuits. So even if you don’t like donuts there are great breakfast options for you to try. They also feature locally roasted coffee from Bean Traders in Durham. Chances are this location will be busy on weekend mornings much like the original so I would suggest checking them out on a weekday to avoid the crowd. Either way, I’m glad to see this new addition to North Raleigh and will be visiting very soon!

Rise Sutton Square – Grand Opening November 14, 2015
6325 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, NC 27609 (map)
twitter: @RiseNRaleigh
instagram: @RiseNorthRaleighfacebook:

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Brew Coffee Bar Birthday Week!

Brew 1

It’s hard to believe, but as of this Tuesday Brew Coffee Bar in downtown Raleigh will have been open for a full year. Since opening their doors to the shop in downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station back on September 1, 2014, Brew has become a big part of the local coffee community and elevated the already awesome Triangle coffee culture. If you haven’t paid them a visit yet I highly recommend giving them a try. I’m a huge fan of their espresso drinks made with locally roasted Raleigh Coffee Company coffee. Their nitro cold brew coffee is another favorite of mine and if you visit them in the morning a breakfast taco is a must!


Brew is celebrating their 1st anniversary this week with daily specials and events running through Friday, culminating with a “First Friday Bash” featuring live music by Katelyn Read, Ice Cream from Two Roosters, donuts from Pig’s Ear, plus other vendors. Proceeds from the event benefit Help One Now. For more information about the specials this week and details about the “First Friday Bash” visit their facebook page at

Brew Coffee Bar
111 Seaboard Avenue, Raleigh NC (map)

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Grounds Cafe Brings Coffee & Craft Beer to Wendell


I recently attended a media event at Grounds Cafe in Wendell. The cafe is located in the “Farmhouse” building adjacent to the community pool and common area in the new Wendell Falls subdivision going up in eastern Wake County. The neighborhood is still in the early stages of development with just a few dozen finished homes at this point, but once built out it will be home to thousands of residents and the epicenter of activity in Wendell.


The cafe is just a 25 minute drive from my house in North Raleigh and is easily accessible from I-540 and US-264 Knightdale bypass. Now that I know how close it is I will definitely be making more visits in the future. And don’t worry, while the cafe is located within the neighborhood it is open to the public and is already becoming a popular place for locals to grab coffee and bite to eat.


The cafe serves Raleigh Coffee Company Coffee, and has a full menu of coffee and espresso drinks. They also serve wine and local beer on tap from Big Boss and White Street Brewery. There are baked goods and egg & cheddar biscuits for breakfast and a sandwiches offered during lunch and dinner. They recently added “DIY” grilled cheese sandwiches  to the menu where you pick out the ingredients from a wide range of cheeses, meats, and toppings and they grill it up for you. There are also other sandwich options like a chicken salad melt, a caprese, and the pimento and pulled pork sandwich.


The setting of the cafe inside the Farmhouse is spacious with tall ceilings and stained concrete floors giving it a modern vibe fused with the rustic exterior look of a barn. The walls of the cafe are made glass allowing a lot of natural lighting. With free Wi-Fi, ample parking, nice views of the grassy common area surrounding the building, and the quiet atmosphere I can definitely see the cafe becoming a popular place for people working remotely or looking for space to meet with a group.


The Farmhouse overlooks the community pool and stage where they host events for the community. Grounds also hosts music on the patio during the warmer months and there are now plans to host a weekly run club on Thursday nights at 6pm and weekly morning yoga classes on the lawn starting this Wednesday at 6:15am. You can read more details about both activities on the Grounds facebook event page.

I look forward to more visit to Grounds and enjoy having a new Triangle coffee shop option that offers a unique setting and a respite from the hustle and bustle of Raleigh. I recommend you check them out and let me know what you think!

Grounds Cafe
320 Vintage Point Lane
Wendell, NC 27591 (map)
twitter: @Groundsnc
instagram: @GroundsCafe

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Jubala Village Coffee to Open 2nd Location in Downtown Raleigh!

Jubala Village Coffee

Jubala Village Coffee ~ North Raleigh Location

Jubala Village Coffee has been a big hit with North Raleigh coffee lovers since they opened in Lafayette Village a little over four years ago. Yesterday they made the big announcement that the city has approved their plans to open a second location inside the beltline along Hillsborough Street in the new Aloft Hotel currently under construction across the street from the iconic NC State Memorial Bell Tower.

Jubala Village Coffee

Jubala Village Coffee ~ North Raleigh Location

Jubala’s second location is slated to open later this year and will serve Counter Culture Coffee just like the original, but it will also have a larger kitchen enabling them to provide a similar but enhanced food menu including additional breakfast offerings and weekend brunch. For more info and to get updates on when the new space will open follow Jubala on facebook and twitter.


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Help Cocoa Cinnamon Open a Second Shop in Durham


Cocoa Cinnamon in Durham, NC

Cocoa Cinnamon is my favorite place to get coffee in Durham. They are a multi-roaster shop offering carefully crafted coffee and espresso drinks, chocolate and tea and locally made baked goods & desserts. The space is fantastic too with both indoor and outdoor seating that serves as a nice transition from to active Geer Street location in Durham’s “DIY” (Do It Yourself) district. But this is no ordinary coffee shop. Cocoa Cinnamon’s owners, Leon and Areli Barrera de Grodski, see their business as a community oriented shop providing a living wage to their employees and a welcoming environment to customers that is “open to all people and strives, through commerce and service, to support a sustainable, democratic and artistic way of being.”


Cocoa Cinnamon Owners Leon and Areli Barrera de Grodski

Local engagement is an important part of what makes Cocoa Cinnamon such a special place. They are currently working on opening a second shop in Durham and using Community Sourced Capital campaign to raise part of the funds needed to make the second shop a reality. This is an opportunity for the community to be a part of the local movement and show support for local small businesses by becoming a “squareholder” and making a small (increments of $50) interest free loan to support the second shop.

These funds will go towards tangible things, like outdoor seating, a new espresso machine, and a unique space designed through the collaboration of local artists. It will also help Cocoa Cinnamon create a thriving business that will bring in the income to pay more than a living wage and enable them to offer career positions for their long term crew and deepen their ability to help build opportunity in the local community.


Indoor Seating with Garage Door Opening to Outside

If you are looking for a great coffee experience I highly recommend a visit to Cocoa Cinnamon. To be a part of the community support behind their second shop and learn more about how to become a squareholder visit their Community Sourced Capital campaign website here.

Cocoa Cinnamon
420 W. Geer Street
Durham, NC (map)
twitter: @CocoaCinnamon




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