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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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Sola Coffee Café 1st Anniversary Celebration April 5-6th!


Sola Coffee Cafe in North Raleigh

Sola Coffee Café is one of my favorite places to hang out in North Raleigh.  It is a great community oriented coffee bar and cafe’ that serves locally roasted Counter Culture Coffee, has a great food menu and regularly features live music on weekends. This weekend marks their one year anniversary and Sola is celebrating this milestone by donating $1.00 from every sale of a dozen of their famous hot mini donuts the weekend of April 6th to Note in the Pocket, a children’s clothing resource based in Raleigh, NC serving students in Wake County. 


Sola’s Famous Hot Mini Donuts

In addition to raising funds for this great local charity, Sola will also be giving away a dozen free Hot Mini Donuts a day for a year to two lucky winners this weekend. The promotion runs all day Friday and Saturday (April 5th and 6th) with Live music both nights and during the day on Saturday. Counter Culture Coffee guru, Lem Butler, will also be on hand to oversee a “Coffees from Around the World” tasting on Friday afternoon from 1-3pm.  See the full schedule of events below!


Inside Sola

Schedule of Events!

– “Tasting a World of Coffee” Free Coffee Tasting ~ 1-3 pm
– Live Music by Dublin Down (Celtic Music) ~ 7:30 pm

– Live Music w/ Gabe Trace (Jazz Pianist) ~ 10:15 am
– Live Music w/ Mac Brown (Acoustic Covers) ~ 11:30 am
– Live Music w/ Smith & Leonhardt (Acoustic Covers) ~ 7:30 pm
– NCAA Michigan v. Syracuse Game (In TV Meeting Room)
– Drawing for Hot Mini Donuts for a year (2 winners) ~ 8:30 pm

About Sola Coffee Café

Sola opened in March 2012, selling Counter Culture Coffee and gourmet sandwiches, salads, bakery and our signature Hot Minis. Coffee and Teas are procured from small sustainable farms. Emphasis is placed on supporting NC locally owned businesses (Counter Culture Coffee, New York Bagels, Great Harvest Breads, Spice Shop, Harrington Bank, Homeland Creamery, others). Presently, they employ 15 staff and anticipate hiring throughout the balance of the year as the business expands.


Counter Culture Coffee

They have sought to create a unique boutique style coffee shop that emphasizes hospitality and community with a European flavor.

  • Coffee and Tea– We serve single-origin organic coffees and teas. Trained baristas create delicious drinks with art and homemade syrups in the tradition of Italy.
  • Sandwiches and Salads- We create sandwiches and salads with organic meats, some local and organic vegetables, and homemade dressings.
  • Bakery– We bake daily in-house or receive from local businesses.
  • Hot Mini Donuts (254,546 and counting)- We make our Hot Minis, rolled in cinnamon/sugar, and serve them hot all day long.
  • Catering- We cater events onsite and off. Groups of 10-200. Recent events include a Tea Party at Wake Tech and Hot Minis (144 dozen) for a training event at a local business.
  • Live Music– Weekly, the community gathers on Friday and Saturday evenings for live music from local musicians, and out-of-towners from Nashville (even San Francisco this summer).

Sola resides in an old Pioneer Bank building (vault included) that has been renovated with up-cycled materials. Its unique décor captures the old and the new. Come join the festivities at 7705 Lead Mine Road Raleigh, NC 27615 (Map).

Website: www.solacoffee.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SolaCoffeeCafe
Twitter: @SolaCoffee


The Cortado!

About Note in the Pocket

Note in the Pocket is a children’s clothing resource based in Raleigh, NC serving students in Wake County. Note in the Pocket provides volunteer opportunities that generate donated clothing that is made available to students through relationships with schools in Wake County. These donations are made directly available to the children and families through the schools and social service agencies rather than through a general storefront or external location. Note in the Pocket works with Communities in Schools (a national drop-out prevention program) as well as programs that assist the homeless and other organizations that identify students in need of clothing. To learn more about note in the Pocket, visit us at www.noteinthepocket.org.

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