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Pop-Up Ice Cream Parlour in Downtown Raleigh!

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You’ve probably heard by now that a cool Pop-Up Ice Cream Parlour has opened up in downtown Raleigh. It is located at 131 S. Wilmington Street just north of Hargett Street and right next to the restaurants Gravy and Sitti around the corner from Morning Times.

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Several of the people I follow on instagram have been posting fun pictures of the parlour so I decided to walk down there on my lunch break a few weeks ago and check it out. Being a “pop-up” style place means it is temporary and will only occupy the current spot until the end of August. Even though it is only temporary they have done a great job with place. It has lots of tables spaced out across the hardwood floor and great lighting. The parlour has a nice open feeling with huge windows at the front of the shop overlooking the busy sidewalk along Wilmington Street.

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The ice cream shop features locally produced ice cream. Right now the offer ice cream from two local producers but have plans to open their own creamery in the future to sell once they open their permanent location down the road. Given the temporary nature of the shop, the menu is surprisingly inclusive offer a wide range of flavors (14 regular flavors and 4 rotating ones). In addition to traditional ice cream by the scoop in a cup or cone they also have ice cream floats, sundaes and smoothies.

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I opted for a single scoop of the strawberry ice cream in a cone and it was fantastic. I live it when strawberry ice cream has large chunks of actual strawberries in it. I was pretty hungry since I hadn’t had lunch yet so I scarfed this cone down in record time, but I had the presence of mind to grab a picture before I made it disappear. Something I’m not always good at!

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I really enjoyed my visit to the Pop-Up Ice Cream Parlour and was glad I had the chance to visit. During subsequent visits downtown I’ve noticed they have been quite busy so it appears word has gotten around and people are enjoying access to great locally produced ice cream.

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Last week, the news and observer reported that the owner, Laura Suther, is planning to open a second Pop-Up location downtown at 6161 N. Person St. next door to PieBird. This second location is still being negotiated but the plan is to sell ice cream as well as some locally produced items like milk and eggs. The Person street location may become a year-round operation should it prove successful in that neighborhood. I think it will!

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While plans for the second location are being finalized you can continue to get your ice cream fix at the Wilmington Street Pop-Up Ice Cream Parlour through August 31st.

Pop-Up Ice Cream Parlour
131 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC (Open through August 31st)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PopUpIceCreamParlour
Twitter: @popupicecream


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Weekend Picks! June 21-23rd

June 22

As we head into the first official weekend of Summer there are lots of fun things to check out. Including a few very unique events like Kirby Dirby on Saturday and Yoga at Raleigh Brewing Co. Sunday.  But first, the weekend kicks off with a pop-up ice cream shop and beer/wine store celebrating their grand openings tonight!

Friday June 21st

Ice Cream Pop-Up Shop in Downtown Raleigh Grand Opening!
Thanks to an announcement by New Raleigh, I learned of a  pop-up ice cream shop that is opening tonight in downtown Raleigh. The temporary shop will be located on Wilmington Street in the space next to Gravy where Kindred used to be. This space is only temporary (through August 31) after which they hope to open in a permanent location. They will start out serving locally made Maple View Ice Cream. Doors open for the very first time tonight (Friday June 21st) at 6pm

When: Friday 6pm
Where: 131 S. Wilmington Street
More Info: Twitter account

Wine 101 Raleigh Location Grand Opening!
Wine 101 in Wake Forest is opening up a second store this weekend with a new Raleigh location. Their new shop is located on Duraleigh Road and Raleigh and will offer an expansive collection of both wine and craft beer. The soft openening is this Friday, June 21st from 12-8. They will also have a very special tasting (cost $10) to raise money for “Meals On Wheels” from 5-7.

When: Friday 12-8pm
Where: 5910 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh,
More Info: facebook

Saturday June 22nd

Kirby Dirby “Wonderland”
Kirby Derby Day is an annual day of Raleigh awesomeness on a Saturday close to the Summer Solstice.
It begins at 4pm and lasts a long time. Events include:pine car mini-racers at 4pm, parade at 5:30, “drag” races at 6:00ish, soapbox derby at 6:30ish and an after party at darkish featuring music by Corn & the Colonels! Food trucks: The Humble Pig & Captain Poncho’s Tacos and Hot Dogs and Veggie Dogs by Silas.

When: Saturday 4pm until ?
Where: Kirby St / Bilyeu St in Raleigh
More Info: website

Wake County Animal Center – Adopt an Addition
Come celebrate our third annual Adopt an Addition event here at the Animal Center. We will have adoption specials on all the adoptable animals, live music, rescue partners with adoptable animals, “Not Just Icing” cupcake truck for your sweet tooth, vendors and raffle items. The event will run from 11am until 6pm. Come on out and meet your new family member!

When: Saturday 11am-6pm
Where: Wake County Animal Center
More Info: website

Peak City Pig Fest – Apex
A free, day long event in Historic Downtown Apex. Activities begin at 9:00 am, music begins at 11:00 am. Beer Garden open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. A KCBS sanctioned barbecue cookoff held in Historic Downtown Apex, NC. Presented by the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club.

When: Saturay
Where:  N. Salem Street – Downtown Apex
More Info: website

Carolina Brewing Company Big Bash
On Saturday stop by Carolina Brewing Company in Holly Springs for food, live music and delicious beer as they hold a “Big Bash Celebration” complete with food trucks and live music. This is a kid-friendly event. Food Trucks and Ice Cream Truck will be on hand. Music by “Live Centre”  playing their timeless Classic Rock tunes. CBC and food trucks will be donating a portion of all sales to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.Come out and drink your favorite pint. Stay for the music and food.

When: Saturday 5-10pm
Where:  Carolina Brewery – Holly Spings
More Info: website

Sunday June 23rd

Yoga at Raleigh Brewing Company
Raleigh brewing Company is starting a yoga series to take place at the Brewery every other Sunday starting this Sunday. Yoga at the Brewery will offer an all levels Vinyasa based flow that will build on itself throughout the 4 weeks. The goal is to create an individualized practice that you can take home and enjoy. Join in for breath, movement, and deep stretches designed to make you relax and feel limber from head to toe. Afterwards, stick around for a post yoga brew from Raleigh Brewing Company’s incredible selection!

When: Sunday 10:30am-12pm – 4 week series (every other Sunday from 10:30- 12:00)
Cost: 4 classes for $20 or $10 drop-in
Where:  Raleigh Brewing Company – 3709 Neil Street, Raleigh
More Info: website

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