North Main Street ~ Wake Forest, NC
Lately I’ve been spending some time exploring Wake Forest. The town has a small but quaint downtown area lined with local businesses including antique shops, a hardware store, and the popular White Street Brewery. A recent addition just one block over from the main drag on Brooks Street is the new coffee roaster and pour over bar called Back Alley Coffee Roasters. A place I recommend checking out if you are a coffee lover.
One of my favorite things to do in Wake Forest is go for a run along the stretch of historic homes on North Main Street. Many of these homes date the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. My favorite one is the “Queen Anne” style home pictured above. I love the huge front porch, lattice work, and polygonal tower. The plaque out in front of this home indicated that it was built in 1892. I still have a lot to explore in Wake Forest, but in the meantime I suggest adding it to your list to check out soon.
Also, keep an eye out for Wake Forest’s new spring concert series “Friday Night on White” featuring food trucks and free outdoor music on South White Street the second Friday of each month from April through September. You can view the scheduled performers here: http://www.wakeforestnc.gov/friday-night-on-white.aspx.
This Tuesday, January 5th, Cousins Maine Lobster will be parked in front of White Street Brewing Company in downtown Wake Forest from 5:00-8:30pm for a Shark Tank “Viewing Party”. Then at 9pm the brewery will air the latest Shark Tank episode which will include an update on the local owners of this popular Triangle food truck. In addition to ordering a lobster roll from the truck, while you’re there I recommend getting a pint of White Street’s Hoptimist IPA. It’s one of my favorite local beers.
For more information about Cousins Maine Lobster and the local couple behind the truck check out this in-depth look by The Wandering Sheppard food truck blogger in his “Behind the Wheel: Cousins Maine Lobster” blog post. To find out where the truck will be next visit their facebook page and follow them on twitter.
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.
Well-Bean Coffee – Wake Forest, NC
Well-Bean Coffee is a fun new coffee kiosk located on the corner of Burlington Mills Road and Capital Boulevard in Wake Forest just across the street from Crossroads Ford (map). What sets them apart from other local coffee shops is they are a drive-though service featuring locally roasted organic coffee, espresso drinks, teas and fruit & protein smoothies. It is a perfect stop for commuters because it is right off Capital Boulevard and you don’t even need to get out of your car to get your coffee. Just pull right up to the the window to place your order and within a minute or two you are on your way with drink in hand. For those in an even bigger hurry, Well-Bean just released a a new app so you can place your order in advance so they can have your drink ready for you when you arrive.
I paid my first visit to Well-Bean a couple of weeks ago on a particularly warm day so I opted for iced latte. I was really impressed with the wide variety of drinks they offer. I like whole milk in my iced latte, but was happy to see they also offer soy and almond milk for those looking for dairy alternatives. In addition to a full lineup of coffee and espresso drink offerings, Well-Bean also sells a number of healthy shakes and smoothies including gluten free and paleo-friendly options. You can view their full menu here.
Well-Bean Coffee Kiosk
The baristas at Well-Bean are super friendly and skilled at making great drinks. I was really impressed with my iced latte and a cappuccino I ordered on a subsequent visit. Their drinks easily rival those found in some of my other favorite coffee shops around the Triangle. I really like the healthy aspect of the business with its focus on organic coffee and gluten free and paleo-friendly options. If you are looking for a new place to pick up a great coffee on the go without compromising quality and enjoy supporting locally owned business keep an eye out for the little green Well-Bean sign the next time you are driving down Capital Boulevard. Well-Bean is open 6am-5pm Monday through Friday and 8am-4pm on Saturday & Sunday. For more information about their coffee and the services they offer check out their website here.
10012 Capital Boulevard
Wake Forest, NC
2014 Wake Forest Herbfest
The Annual Wake Forest Herb Festival returns to Festival Park in downtown Wake Forest April 18-19-20 and April 25-26-27. After a long cold winter now is the time to start planning your summer garden and thinking ahead about the veggies and herbs you want to grow this season. The Herbfest is a great local source to help start your garden and it a fun way to spend the afternoon in downtown Wake Forest.
At the festival you will find the largest selection of Non GMO organic herbs, heritage tomatoes, heirloom vegetable plants & local grown perennials for our climate The festival also features live entertainment, beer from local White Street Brewery and gardening educational seminars.
The Wake Forest Herbfest
While this is a small town event by “festival” standards, the Herb Fest is recognized as the largest herb and perennial festival east of the Mississippi. There is a ton of free parking along White Street next to the park and the festival provides wagons and carts to load up your plants (and to tote your children). For details about daily festival events you can visit their website here.
Wake Forest HerbFest 2014
Festival Park – 525 S White St, Wake Forest, NC (map)
April 18-20th and 25th-27th