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How to Improve Voting in Raleigh

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In 2015, voter turnout in Raleigh was less than 15%. While that is pathetic, we shouldn’t shame these non-voters. Voting is hard, y’all. If you have young children you might as well kiss democracy goodbye. Between dropping the kids off at White Memorial, running to Starbucks, then picking them back up three hours later and heading to multiple afternoon play groups, voting is the last thing on the minds of ITB moms.


They aren’t the only ones struggling. You think an ITB dad can cut a 2 hour lunch meeting short, or skip playing the back 9 at the Club just so they can drive to a polling place and wait in line to vote?

Then there’s the youth vote. I did my best to get the younger demographic interested in voting by having ITBlake the intern put campaign signs out for hours last week. Unfortunately, he isn’t old enough to vote in this election.

But I’m not giving up. I’m confident we can solve this issue with some common sense voting reform. Here are a few simple ways to make voting in Raleigh easier.

Drive-thru Voting

Raleigh offers curbside voting, but it’s not available to everyone. Solution: drive-thru voting. We don’t even have to make citizens drive to their polling locations, we’ll just add a voting booth to every drive-thru in Raleigh. We’ll be sure to add two voting machines to the Cameron Village Chick-fil-A double drive-thru.

LaCroix Voting Machines

In the last election, the machine at my voting site jammed and it took 20 minutes to fix. That’s right, in 2016 the technology being used to select the President of the United States can jam like an InkJet printer from the 1990s. Voting machines should be on every corner. What happens to be on corners all over town that isn’t being used right now? Newspaper dispensers. We’ll simply convert these dispensers into ballot boxes. “But how will we stop voter fraud if anyone can go vote at some random machine?” Easy. Retinal scans on each ballot box will ensure each citizen can only vote once and that they are of age. We’ll even brand them with a LaCroix wrap and offer a free LaCroix to make millennials more interested in voting. I’m sure some startup company will come along and create an app that uses GPS to let people know how close they are to the nearest LaCroix booth, and also upload a selfie after they vote.



It’s a known fact that cases of carpal tunnel skyrocket on election day. Filling in those tiny circles with a Bic pen takes hours. Give citizens Sharpies and they’ll be in and out in under 6 seconds.

Social Media Stats

Let’s be honest, most citizens have never heard of half of these candidates. To help educate voters, the candidate’s social media following should be posted next to their name. We should also come up with some sort of “engagement rate” so voters know how responsive their candidates will be on social media.

Better Stickers

The “I Voted” sticker should be monogrammed. Plain and simple.

More Time To Vote

Democracy is too important for us to only care about for one day. I know there’s early voting, but it seems like the dates and locations are always changing and it’s so hard to keep up with. That’s why polls should be open for 365 days. After a year of being open, we’ll tally the votes to see who the winners are.

If we can come together and agree on common sense voting reform I guarantee voter turnout will be at least 90% in future elections.

Development Beat: Iron Works Coming to Atlantic, New Condos Near Dix Park

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Week of October 9, 2017

Raleigh Iron Works mixed-use development coming to Atlantic Avenue

Condos near Dix Park announced

Vietnamese restaurant coming to Glenwood South

Luxury apartment complex on Hillsborough Street to hold grand opening

Raleigh Iron Works Coming to Atlantic Avenue

Now the time is here, for Iron Works to spread some cheer. The latest endeavor from Grubb Ventures on Atlantic Avenue will be a sprawling, 510,000 square-foot mixed-use development named Raleigh Iron Works, according to recently filed site plans.

Iron Works will redevelop the two existing industrial buildings, originally built in 1957, into office, retail, and restaurant space. Specifically, 177,779 square feet for office, 22,314 for retail, and 20,064 for restaurants.

A new six-story mixed-use apartment building with ground floor retail around a parking deck will also be added to the property located at 2200 Atlantic Avenue. The 204 residential units totaling 148,215 SF will be made up of 82 studio units, 84 one-bedroom units, and 38 two-bedroom units. The developers are proposing 673 parking spaces and 79 bike parking spaces at the development, which seems like a lot.

Grubb recently acquired an adjacent parcel of land at 2315 Atlantic, which we reported on two weeks ago, although that land does not appear to be a part of Raleigh Iron Works — Phase I.


Condos Near Dix Park Announced

The Fairweather, a new luxury condo development boasting spectacular views and close proximity to Dix Park was announced last week. The development will stretch along West Lenoir Street between South West and South Harrington.

Although the formal announcement of The Fairweather was made last week, site plans for the development were actually filed last year. The plans line up closely with what was announced last week: a five-story building with about 45 units (47 in the plans, “about 45” in the announcement) that will offer structured parking and street-level commercial space.

The Fairweather’s units will range in size from 838 to 2,645 square feet, with one, two, and three-bedroom units on the first four floors and penthouse suites on the fifth. Those penthouse units, offering a panoramic view of downtown Raleigh, will reportedly be priced between $700,000 and a $1 million.

In order to make way for the new condo development, several existing structures will need to be torn down. These include the old Motor Parts Warehouse, built in 1960 at 522 S. Harrington, and a pair of unoccupied single-family homes built in 1930 at 517 and 523 S. West.

Construction is expected to begin early next year with plans to open in early 2019. The site plan filed last year is currently listed as “under review” and will require approval before any permits are issued.

Grand Opening, in Theory

A grand opening celebration for a luxury student housing complex that opens in the fall of 2018 is scheduled to take place later this week. Theory Raleigh, the high-end, fully-furnished (all units come with a 50″ Smart TV) student apartment building will be located at 1505 Hillsborough Street, on the former site of the beloved Velvet Cloak Inn. Our very own William N. Finely IV did some great reporting on the tragic teardown of the old hotel, which you can revisit here. He’s still working on a podcast and award-winning documentary about it too.

The grand opening celebration on October 12 will, shockingly, not be held on an active construction site, but rather, at a temporary leasing office down the street at 2010 Hillsborough. The event will run from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and offer attendees free food, music, giveaways and “early-bird” rates for the condos.

The preleasing office also houses a model home, allowing potential tenants a glimpse into a luxurious future. In addition to the 50″ TVs, the units will also come with queen-sized memory foam mattresses, full-size appliances, 1 Gig internet, walk-in closets, a washer/dryer, a resort-style pool, and a game room with a golf simulator. RIP University Towers.

You won't want to miss out. #TheoryRaleigh is where you'll want to be!

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Goodnight, Glenwood: Saigon Grill & Bar Coming to Glenwood South

The new Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Grill & Bar will open soon on Glenwood South in the former home of whatever was there before it. We really can’t keep track of what’s been there at this point. Was it Indio? No one cares.

Saigon will be run by John Tang, the owner of Sushi O, which also operates out of a ground-floor space in 222. Although we don’t know when this new Vietnamese restaurant will open, Tang posted on Facebook back in August that he was looking for employees for his new spot, which makes us think it should be opening pretty soon.

Development Beat: Beer Garden, Makers Mart, Food Trucks, and more coming to Capital

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Week of October 2, 2017

Beer Garden, Makers Mart, Food Trucks, and more coming to Gateway Plaza

Fate of Hillsborough Street tractor sign to be decided by Council

Forest Ridge Park Opens

Updates on the Dix Park Flower Cottage

Zaxby’s Returns to Hillsborough Street

Beer Garden, Makers Mart, Food Trucks, and more coming to Gateway Plaza

The stretch of road once known as “Downtown Boulevard” (and what WNFIV likes to call “Capital Boulevard of Broken Dreams”) leading into downtown Raleigh is getting a major overhaul. The City of Raleigh has spent the last few years transforming the “most traveled gateway” into downtown into a “showcase for multimodal transportation and green infrastructure.” Those are fancy words for “rebuilding bridges, sewers, and putting in a park.” But the City can’t do all this transforming on their own.

In June of 2016, plans were announced to transform the Gateway Plaza shopping center on Capital Boulevard into a destination spot for new restaurants and retailers. The 6.8 acre property, which is owned by Loden Properties and managed and leased by York Properties, is located inside the beltline, next to the North Carolina Food Bank and across the street from The Green Chair Project (an ITB approved non-profit).

Last week, the project’s design firm, Gensler, released a set of new renderings showing off plans for a Beer Garden, space for a Food Truck Rodeo, a Makers Mart, a stage area, and more. Combined with the redevelopment of Capital Boulevard, the reopening of the nearby greenway, and the opening of a new City park, we imagine this stretch of Capital Boulevard could soon become the City’s newest destination spot. Gateway is scheduled to get underway later this year and should be substantially complete by summer of 2018.

Originally built in 1968, the Gateway Plaza shopping center lost one of its biggest tenants in 2015, when the Wake Tech Adult Education Center moved out.


Save the Tractor Sign

More than two and a half years after Landmark Properties filed a rezoning case for the old North Carolina Equipment Company building at 3101 Hillsborough Street, City Council may finally approve the street’s newest five-story, 233-unit student housing complex. This would be the one billionth student housing complex to be added to Hillsborough Street in the last five years.

A public hearing this evening will determine the fate of a new rezoning case filed back in June. Landmark’s initial rezoning case was rejected last year by Council. Unlike the previous rezoning case, this version won the approval of the local Citizens Advisory Council (18-5 in favor) during a June 2017 meeting.

The new version includes a condition requiring the preservation of the iconic tractor sign currently perched atop the two-story, 81-year-old brick building. “The tractor sign will be placed on the Hillsborough Street frontage and lighted.”

Note: The News & Observer has referred to the sign as both a tractor and a bulldozer, showing how out of touch they are with the working class. Those who say the sign is a bulldozer point to the fact that the sign has continuous track/tank tread wheels. Those who say it’s a tractor point to the lack of a blade in the front of the vehicle. Either way, we’d like to see the sign kept intact to serve as a reminder that Hillsborough Street was once something other than a SimCity riddled with roundabouts.

Fun fact: the sign was the inspiration for Rey’s speeder from The Force Awakens.

Forest Ridge Park

The City of Raleigh celebrated National Public Lands Day on Saturday with the opening of the new Forest Ridge Park near Falls Lake. The 587 acre park offers a variety of outdoor recreational programs, including Mountain Biking, Multi-Use and hiking trails, picnic shelters, and a playground featuring a zip line.

The land itself is actually owned by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and is managed by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. The 2003 Parks and Recreation bond funded Phase I of this project’s development.

Dix Park Flower Cottage Renovations

In our first edition of the Development Beat, we reported on the plans for Dorothea Dix Park’s first tenant: the non-profit Dix Park Conservancy.

The Conservancy signed an agreement to occupy the early-20th century Flower Cottage at 2105 Umstead Drive for the staggering cost of $1/year. Last week, nearly $200,000 worth of renovation permits were issued in order to upgrade the space. Renovations will include a new deck, and alterations to both the interior and exterior of the 107-year-old cottage.

Built in 1910, the 1,200 square foot cottage was initially used as a residence but currently sits unused. The Conservancy will be responsible for all renovations and improvements and will also have access to the adjacent 2.75 acres of open space, which can be used for public and/or private events.

Zaxby’s Returns to Hillsborough Street

Although The Technician reported in August that construction was wrapping up on the newly remodeled Zaxby’s on Hillsborough Street, it appears permits for the job were not actually issued until last week. The restaurant unexpectedly shut its doors in March; a new owner was brought in and the renovated restaurant is set to open sometime later this fall.


Development Beat: Marbles Expands, Shelton’s Furniture Closes

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Week of September 25, 2017

Marbles is expanding

Gordon Grubb buys more property on Atlantic

Shelton’s Furniture is closing near Five Points

New tenant for Morgan Street Food Hall

StateView Hotel to open soon on Centennial Campus

Work begins on Wahlburgers

Movie trailers for FNB Tower and StateView Hotel

Marbles Buys Land Next Door

Marbles Museum will soon be able to offer an even wider array of experiences to its visitors, thanks to a recent purchase of the adjacent property at 207 East Hargett Street. The two-story, 15,658 sq ft building was built in 1950 and previously owned by the Longleaf School of the Arts. Marbles purchased the building from MDO Holdings for $3.1 million. We’ve been told that Owner and CEO, Michael Olander, Jr., passed up multiple opportunities for more lucrative buyers, so we’re assuming he and the folks at MDO Holdings probably received free lifetime IMAX passes as part of the deal. Marbles has said that new construction will likely not begin until 2020.


Expansion Continues Near Dock 1053

In January, we reported that Gordon Grubb, who developed the Dock 1053 project on Whitaker Mill Road, had purchased an adjacent 19-acre site at the intersection of Atlantic and Whitaker Mill known as Peden Steel. But wait, there’s more.

Wake County real estate records indicate that a subsidiary of Grubb Ventures recently purchased another nearby property for about $5.5 million: the 4.64 acre site at 2315 Atlantic Avenue.

The site is now home to a 127,875 square-foot warehouse built in 1973. Grubb Ventures has not yet announced its formal plans for the site, but we imagine its redevelopment will line up nicely with their plans to revitalize the Atlantic Avenue corridor. When Grubb purchased the Peden Steel property in January for $10 million they announced plans to develop a project similar to Dock 1053, which houses a brewery, a distillery, a neon art studio, and more.

Shelton’s Furniture Is Gone Again And So Is Its Old Building

Earlier this year, Shelton’s Furniture, a beloved Raleigh furniture store, moved from its location on West Morgan Street to make way for a new 150-room hotel and parking deck. Shelton’s found a home in Clayton, but realized ITB residents wouldn’t drive that far for furniture. So on June 1st, Shelton’s returned ITB and moved to a spot near Five Points on Bickett Boulevard. Sadly, it was announced last week that they would be going out of business.

Friend of the media empire, Ashton Smith, grabbed a picture of the demolition at the West Morgan spot last week.

FNB Tower Video

Commercial real estate is so hot right now. So hot, in fact, that new buildings require their own movie trailers. A few months after announcing plans to open a new headquarters in downtown Raleigh, First National Bank has released a video rendering (movie trailer) of the new 22-story residential and office development. Located at 501 Fayetteville Street, the 22-story FNB Tower will sit adjacent to City Plaza, and offer more than 150,00 square feet of Class-A office space, 240 residential units and street-level retail. First National itself will occupy about 40,000 square feet of that Class-A office space.

Watch the video here.

Hook & Cleaver Coming to Morgan Street Food Hall

The latest tenant for downtown’s Morgan Street Food Hall & Market has been announced, and they’re coming to us all the way from Fuquay-Varina. Hook & Cleaver on Morgan will feature seafood, fresh meats, and prepared foods. This will be the second location of owner Joseph Fasy’s popular restaurant, which got its start in downtown Fuquay in 2015.

The new location will be joined by more than 60 dining and retail outlets, which Morgan Street’s owners, Hibernian Hospitality, promise will offer a range of “high-quality, chef-driven specialty foods.” The Morgan Street Food Hall now has commitments from about 35 restaurants and other vendors. Originally set to open this summer, Hibernian announced last week that Morgan Street will be opening in early 2018.

StateView Hotel

Set to open next month on NC State’s Centennial Campus, Marriott’s StateView Hotel will be accompanied by a five-story parking garage. W.M. Jordan, the project’s general contractor, will handle construction of the 117,940 square-foot parking garage. Interestingly enough, the permits we saw also describe the garage as a “park and ride” location for the State Farmers Market, which is about a mile from the new hotel.

The StateView Hotel is part of the Marriott Autograph Hotel collection: independent hotels that utilize the Marriott Branding. You can check out one of the most over-the-top movie trailers for a hotel we’ve ever seen. Be sure to turn the volume on, as it sounds like you’re about to ride into the battle of the bastards as you tour the lobby, pool terrace, and other parts of the hotel.

Work Now Underway on Wahlburgers

Just one week after local restaurateur Zack Medford challenged superstar Mark Wahlberg to a burger cook-off contest, contractors were given the go-ahead to begin work on the newest location of the actor’s popular burger chain Wahlburgers.

Permits for this particular project had been in limbo since early May. According to the permits, the 3,680 square-foot restaurant will be allowed a maximum occupancy of 103 people at any given time, although it is unknown how many of those 103 will be members of the Wahlberg family. Wahlburgers will operate on Fayetteville Street in the former home of The Oxford.

NY Bagels Coming to Shoppes of Greenway

The Shoppes at Greenway on Ramble Way in North Raleigh will soon be adding a bagel shop to their mix of offerings, as permits were issued last week for a $28,000 fit-out for NY Bagels. Although we were unable to confirm whether this new shop is associated with Raleigh’s best bagel spot, NY Bagels & Deli, the name does give hope that Raleigh residents will soon have greater access to bagels made the New York way.

Development Beat: Wahlburgers News, a New Brewery on Capital, Condos Planned Near Cameron Village

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Week of September 18, 2017

Raleigh Man Wants to Fight Mark Wahlberg

Kilwins Coming to North Hills

Pilot Brewery Coming to Capital

Maiden Lane Demolition

Condos Planned for Clark Avenue

ComedyWorx Opens in new location on Hillsborough Street

Raleigh Man Wants to Fight Mark Wahlberg

In September 2016, it was announced that Wahlburgers, a burger chain owned by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg, would be opening its first location right here in Raleigh. Mark, the most famous Wahlberg, is known for his roles in film, production, and bringing us one of the most hype songs of the last century:

Last week, a company spokesperson told the News & Observer that the burger chain was set to open this fall. Although permits for the space at 319 Fayetteville, which previously housed The Oxford until it closed in January 2016, have not yet been issued, we were able to learn that the permits were applied for back in May.

While scant details are available from that initial application it does list Wahlburgers as the tenant, and notes that the permit is now under review. Although the length of time between when a permit is applied for and when it is issued can vary, a sampling of restaurant projects over the past 12 months shows an average of 33 days between application and issuance. As of this morning, it’s been 138 days since the Wahlburgers permit was applied for.

Without knowing a thing about the existing conditions or the plans for the new space, we imagine that it would take no more than two months from permits issued to doors opened.

The original announcement of the restaurant was met with backlash from those who don’t want downtown Raleigh to become overrun with chains. One of the more vocal opponents was Zack Medford, first of his name, King of Coglin’s and Issac Hunter’s, owner of bars, and breaker of chains.

In a video message posted to Facebook last week, Medford challenged Mark Wahlberg to a “burger contest” that would be held at The Sir Walter Smoke-Off on October 7th at Dix Park. The event is actually a barbecue cook off that will help raise money for the Raleigh Wake Partnership to End Homelessness. So if Wahlberg doesn’t show up, it’s pretty clear that he hates…….burger contests.

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Kilwins Coming to North Hills

Praise be to Bonner Gaylord, Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream will soon be making its way to North Hills, as permits were issued for the newest location of the national sweets shop at 200 Park at North Hills Street.

The store, which has about 150 locations nationwide, offers everything from candy and caramel-coated apples to fudge, truffles and a wide array of chocolates. Among its dozens of ice cream flavors are Blueberry Waffle Cone, something called The Perfect Apple Pie and Marsh-Mallow S’more. To sum it up: Kilwin’s is going to hands-down be the best store in North Hills, if not the entire city. The store is set to open in November.

Pilot Brewery Preparing for Takeoff on Capital

A warehouse space on Capital Boulevard previously used as a church will soon be turned into Raleigh’s newest brewery.

Work is now underway on transforming the 56-year-old warehouse at 1303 Capital Boulevard into Pilot Brewery, which looks like it will be owned by one John Conger Glover. While we don’t know much about the plans for Pilot Brewery, we do know that Glover planned a space in Edenton, NC to be a brewery/restaurant with outdoor seating. Whether he’ll be utilizing a similar concept here remains to be seen, but we imagine the business will benefit from the future improvements to Capital Boulevard.

The Alpha and the Omega

In the same week that permits were issued for the demolition of Sigma Chi’s fraternity house on Maiden Lane, permits were issued for the construction of a new 18,302 square-foot home for the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon at NC State’s new Greek Village.

Although we’ve covered Greek Village and its unique landscape design in the past, we haven’t touched much on the plans for Maiden Lane, a historic Raleigh street that will soon be demolished in its entirety to make way for the new apartment complex Hillstone Cameron Village. For now, Sigma Chi’s house at 4 Maiden Lane appears to be the second home demo’d this year, with 2 Maiden Lane receiving teardown permits back in July.

Clark Avenue Condos

A new high-end condominium complex could be coming soon to the intersection of Clark Avenue and Enterprise Street near Cameron Village, pending approval of a recently filed rezoning case.

Lambert Development out of Manhattan is seeking to rezone a roughly one-acre parcel of land with frontages on Clark Avenue, Enterprise Street and Garden Place in order to allow the development of a five-story condominium building,

A representative for the project told the Wade Citizens Advisory Council in August that Lambert was seeking to build about 45 units, with one-bedrooms priced at a half million. The condos would not be targeted to students and Clark Avenue would be widened “substantially” with on-street parking, while Enterprise would also be widened with a large sidewalk. The development would also include an underground parking deck that would be exposed only along Garden Place. Along Enterprise and Clark, meanwhile, the grass will be replaced by trees.

A representative for the project, who is also scheduled to speak at the September 26 Wade CAC meeting, told the August attendees the developer was currently seeking feedback from local residents; in turn, they expressed concern over potential parking issues, and a growing lack of affordable housing.

In a sign of Lambert’s efforts to allay neighborhood concerns, the rezoning documents include eight restrictions on the development, including a maximum of 4,000 SF of retail and 9,500 SF of office, and a maximum of three bedrooms per residential unit.

Those documents argue the rezoning would allow for a “more coherent mix of residential and commercial use.” that it would be a “key link in Urban Greenway Connector” and offer a unique housing option that is walkable to both Cameron Village and NC State.


Yuckin’ It Up On Hillsborough

In April, work began on the fit-out of a space at The Royal Building on Hillsborough Street across from Meredith College. That work is now complete, and ComedyWorx held its official grand opening the weekend before last.

Welcome to ITBlake Investigates

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A message from WNFIV: I’m thrilled to present ITBlake the intern’s first article for ITB Insider™. In addition to making dank memes and trying to get 1,000 followers on social media, he’ll be working on an investigative series for us.

Hey everyone,

It’s ITBlake here with the first of many weekly investigative articles. You may be thinking, who is ITBlake and what is he going to investigate? Well, I’m the first ever intern at ITB Insider™. Yes, I am a real person. Yes, I am getting class credit as a senior at Broughton for this.

As a small child I began investigative journalism by giving people news they wouldn’t get from the lamestream media and Big Sesame Street. At age 11 I was the youngest person ever to climb and investigate Mt. Everest while wearing American Chubbies. When I was 16 and got my license, I became the second best driver in the world, behind Ricky Bobby. As I finish my last year of high school, it made sense to put my investigative skills to good use at the only media empire worth paying attention to.


What have I been up to?
I have many responsibilities as an ITB Insider™ intern. First and foremost, I’m responsible for making sure everyone’s BLC (Blood LaCroix Content) is at least 12% at all times. I do research on important issues like the big “What’s really in LaCroix?” scandal that rocked the world this week. I’m constantly on call to assist Bonner Gaylord with the weather dome. Despite not having any legal education whatsoever, I’ve been helping Stacy Miller in the trial of the millennium against the Fyre Festival bandits. I’m also required to stay up-to-date on Broughton history and trivia.


What’s going on at Broughton?
I’ll be providing updates on the best high school in the world. Here’s what’s going on this week:
9/15/17 – Broughton vs Rolesville Varsity Football game – 7:00 pm at Broughton. Hurricane financial aid donations will be collected.
9/22/17 – Club Fair – Students get to see what clubs they can sign up for. Speaking of clubs, apparently someone started a LaCroix Club. I’m not sure exactly what the club will do, but WNFIV has already called for an investigation.

an actual flyer at broughton right now

10/6/17 – Homecoming – This year’s theme is “Battle of the Bands” and students are already hard at work building floats for the parade. It sure would be nice if a lovable guitar-playing mascot who went to Broughton were allowed to participate in the festivities…

What comes next?
After my first week of watching Shav highlights, reading the August issue of Vanity Fair multiple times, and listening to The Connells, I’m ready to start investigating the issues that matter.

I’ll cover the obvious topics like Queen of Hearts and prom, but also plan to tackle the hard hitting questions like, “Why are off campus lunch passes $20 when I already paid $170 for a parking pass?” and “Why isn’t there AC on the 2nd and 3rd floor of Broughton right now? How many students have to be mildly uncomfortable until a change is made? How many?!?!” Most importantly, I will help grow the media empire and make sure ITBlake is a name you can rely on and trust.

Want more of ITBlake?
You can follow me on Instagram @itbintern and on Twitter @ITBintern. You can also read more about my first week on the job below. If you have any stories you’d like me to investigate, please email

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Development Beat: Restaurants and Raleigh Little Theatre Renovations

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Week of September 11, 2017

Raleigh Little Theatre Renovation Groundbreaking

Hearth Kitchen coming to City Market

Cantina coming to Five Points?

Work Begins on CO Vietnamese at AC Hotel

Plans Unveiled for 911 N. West Redevelopment

Cameron Village adds High-End Clothing Boutiques

Local firm to build out Urban Outfitters at The Dillon

Raleigh Little Theatre Renovation Groundbreaking

Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre last week. After raising over $740,000 through a major gifts initiative, RLT will move forward with renovations including an updated entry, accessible bathrooms, a box office and concession console, new finishes, signage to increase visibility, and a more open gathering area connected to the garden balcony through an operable glass wall.

From the Raleigh Little Theatre Facebook page:

“The RLT Family marked a special day as renovations on the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre will begin soon. Since this theater opened in 1989, it has hosted 79 full productions plus countless camps and classes.

We can never say thank you enough to all of the volunteers & donors who have poured blood, sweat and tears in to shows in this space. RLT’s youth program, which has impacted so many children and families, would not exist if not for the addition of this space.

We plan to reopen the space in January with “What We’re Up Against” and we’ll be in touch about progress during the renovation project.”

First Lady Kristin Cooper, Raleigh City Councilor Dickie Thompson, RLT Board President Georgia Donaldson, Nan Strader, a member of the theatre’s namesake families, and Executive Director Charles Phaneuf spoke at the ceremony. For more on the renovations, check out our coverage on the project from July.


Home Is Where The Hearth Is

Work is now underway on a new restaurant calling itself Hearth Kitchen, which will soon open in the former home of Zydeco at City Market. Permits were issued last week for the $180,000 alteration of the 4,980 square-foot space at 208 Wolfe Street.

While we couldn’t find any good information on this new restaurant — no social media presence, no announcements, no nothing – the designated class, A-2, for that aforementioned permit does at least confirm that it will be a restaurant with “reduced seating.” We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about this mysterious new restaurant.

Cantina Opening in Five Points?

This will always be known as Cantina. The Farmhouse was a disgrace.

When we first went over this news, WNFIV read “Cantina to Five Points” and immediately grabbed a $1 Coors Light and turned “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” up to 11. Unfortunately, the iconic Cantina bar, formerly located on Hillsborough Street across from East Village, is not making a return. Lola’s Cantina, however, will be opening soon on Glenwood Avenue in Five Points.

A somewhat odd listing for the property at 1803 Glenwood notes in all caps that it “DOES NOT INCLUDE BUILDING AND LAND. Buyer may have new lease at asking rate of $2,500/mo. NN.” It sounds more like someone is trying to sell their lease and some equipment than an actual property. The lease listing notes that “there is no kitchen hood or grease trap and the space is not approved as a full restaurant,” but that they would sell their existing refrigeration and equipment for a cool $25 grand. Most recently, the space was home to The Knight Kaffee, a Mediterranean and Lebanese coffee and tea shop. The space is now being renovated for $20,000.


CO Vietnamese

The newest location of CO Vietnamese, which offers a “modern take on traditional southeast Asian cuisine” will be opening soon at the AC Hotel in North Hills.

On August 28, permits with a listed value of half-a-million dollars were issued for the first-time fit-out of the existing space. The regional restaurant chain, which has locations in Savannah, Charleston, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, and Charlotte, features a menu with a focus on Pho, Ramen, Dumplings, Banh Mi and Sushi.

Scheduled to open later this year, CO was praised by the CEO of Kane Realty Corporation when the restaurant was first announced.

“CO will be a huge amenity for guests of the AC Hotel as well as shoppers, office tenants and residents next door,” said John Kane, CEO of Kane Realty Corporation. “It is a phenomenal restaurant and will do very well in this location.”

911 N West

Atlas Ventures has taken over from the Lundy Group the third property redevelopment along North West Street, where they will soon transform Rainbow Upholstery at 911 N. West into a “retail and office” building. The project will include an “upfit to the building interior” as well as site upgrades such as a parking reconfiguration and an amenity area. Sidewalks and street trees will also be installed as part of the redevelopment.

We don’t know much else about the project at this point, although we heard that the early stages of construction could begin as soon as October.

Alton Lane and Bella Mar Coming to Cameron Village

A pair of $50,000 permits issued on September 1 will soon bring Alton Lane, a “premium tailored apparel store” and Bella Mar, a boutique featuring “trendsetting brands for women’s everyday style” to Cameron Village. The two clothiers, located at 408 and 421 Daniels Street in Cameron Village, are well-suited (Zing!) for the high-end shopping center.

Local Firm to Build Urban Outfitters at The Dillon

In July, Kane Realty announced that Urban Outfitters would be coming to their downtown development, The Dillon. Last week, we found out that Raleigh’s own August Construction Solutions will be handling the build-out of the new store.

ACS specializes in national retail construction and has worked around the country for a number of retailers, including Urban Outfitters. Here in Raleigh, they’ve worked with The Lundy Group to redevelop the intersection of Peace and North West Street. Michael Iovino, President of August Construction Solutions, told us he was that work is tentatively slated to start in the spring.

“We’re excited to be building this location so close to home,” Iovino said.

The Chronic 2017

Raleigh’s newest quick-service Mexican restaurant, Chronic Tacos, celebrated its grand opening last week, nearly seven months after construction began on the new space. As we first reported back in February, Chronic Tacos is located in the Sprouts-anchored Olive Park Shopping Center on Falls of the Neuse Road. We described it as a “slightly more upscale version of Chipotle with a Día de los Muertos aesthetic and all-day breakfast options,” and judging by the Yelp reviews for the Wake Forest location, we were pretty on the money.

Broughton Intern Passes with Flying Pastel Colors

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I needed help. It was late April and I was drowning under the demands of running a media empire, getting ready to attend the Fyre Festival, editing the Development Beat, and answering 50 messages a day from people in micITBit, a secret closed Facebook group for moms that I had just accidentally started. It was all so overwhelming that I was stress eating an entire Capital Creations Sunday night anxiety pizza in one sitting. And then it happened. The divine power that is Broughton High School intervened. Broughton’s internship coordinator reached out and asked if I would like to have an intern during the upcoming school year. It was fate. This was potentially the answer to maybe one or two of my problems, depending on how capable this high school student was. I immediately said yes and met with the coordinator, who informed me that she had selected the perfect candidate for my growing media empire. His name was Blake and he was a rising senior.


Over the next few months I continued to expand the media empire with appearances on Andy Cohen’s tv show on BRAVO, being featured in Vanity Fair, and doing interviews with hundreds of outlets (including a 7 minute TMZ Live interview with my ITBFF Harvey), while Blake spent the summer globetrotting around Europe and a few other countries that I already forgot. By last week he was ready to start his first day at the ITB Insider™ media empire.

We had a plan for Blake. We were going to teach him about advertising rates, sponsored posts, how to monetize social media accounts, and much more. But before that could happen we had to make sure he was someone we could ITBelieve in. The first thing we did was make him take a quiz about Broughton. Seriously.

First Week Pop Quiz

I asked my followers for question suggestions the night before the quiz and got so many amazing responses that we’ll be launching an ITB quiz series. Feel free to submit more questions to We didn’t want to overwhelm Blake on his first day, so we kept the quiz to 16 questions. The answer key is at the bottom of this post.

Pop Quiz – Week 1 – August 30, 2017

1.) What year was Broughton founded?
a.) 1987
b.) 1929
c.) 1776
d.) 1969

2.) What does the middle initial “B” in the school’s name stand for?
a.) Bae
b.) Beltline
c.) Bryant
d.) Basic

3.) What floor is the pool on?
a.) Basement
b.) First floor
c.) Second floor
d.) Fourth floor

4.) What was the nickname of the lovable unofficial mascot who rode his bike to every home and away game, had killer dance moves, and played guitar?
a.) Dash
b.) Flash
c.) Crash
d.) DSart

5.) What is the greatest band from Broughton?
a.) The Connells
b.) The Village People
c.) Dishwalla
d.) Chatham County Line


6.) How many points did Shav score when he broke Pistol Pete’s all-time single-game scoring record?
a.) 44
b.) 42
c.) 56
d.) 70

7.) What is the maximum distance Colonel Barber would chase a student attempting to skip school?
a.) 4 blocks
b.) 1 mile
c.) 3 miles
d.) To the end of the Earth

8.) What is the senior tradition involving the bell tower?
a.) Students are locked in the bell tower for two weeks without food or water. The survivor is named Valedictorian.
b.) Students get to go inside and sign their name on the wall.
c.) One student is chosen to live in the tower for the entire year.
d.) Students are allowed to take a rappelling course where they rappel down the bell tower.

9.) What TV show was Broughton graduate Sharon Lawrence on?
a.) NYPD Blue
b.) Pacific Blue
c.) The Big Bad Show
d.) Game of Thrones

10.) How much time does it take to drive from the flagship Bojangles’ on Western after Friday morning breakfast and still only be 3 minutes late to Caps Class?
a.) 5 minutes
b.) 9 minutes
c.) 12 minutes
d.) 15 minutes

11.) What TV show was Broughton graduate Colin Fickes on?
a.) Dawson’s Creek
b.) One Tree Hill
c.) Boston Public
d.) Law & Order


12.) How many state titles has NC Soccer Hall of Fame Coach Izzy Hernandez won?
a.) 7
b.) 2
c.) 3
d.) 11

13.) Which movies did Broughton graduate Peyton Reed direct?
a.) Ant-Man
b.) Yes Man
c.) The Break-Up
d.) Bring It On

14.) How many times did Coach Hernandez’s teams finish ranked number 1 in the NATION?
a.) 0
b.) 1
c.) 2
d.) 3

15.) What does AC stand for?
a.) Air conditioning
b.) Algebra Club
c.) Albert Clifford
d.) All Clear

16.) Finish this sentence: Approve ye that which is…
a.) Gnarly
b.) Excellent
c.) Average
d.) Whatever

We then went over a few personality questions.

What’s your favorite ITB street to drive on?

What’s your favorite ITB ZIP code?

If you could be a Dog of ITB (follow @dogsofitb), what type of dog would you be and why?
Husky, because they’re like an icy German Shepherd.

If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be? (Example: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, we die.)
Be chill or hype but never anything in between.

Favorite floor of Broughton?
The pods

We reviewed his answers and after a long deliberation we decided that he was fit to work with us. To stay on #brand we renamed him ITBlake and held an ITBaptism using Pamplemousse LaCroix to make it official.

It was time to introduce ITBlake to the world. We took the required first day at the ITB Insider™ media empire picture and posted it online.

What we didn’t plan on was ITBlake becoming an overnight sensation. People went nuts.

In less than a week, ITBlake’s picture became the 5th most liked picture on my Instagram in the last YEAR. That includes all the pictures of Fyre Festival (which I went to), pics of Webb Simpson, and pics of Trophy Wife sunsets (#followthesun).


Seeing that type of boy band level hysteria made us realize we needed to leverage this opportunity. So, in addition to his normal duties of making sure our LaCroix is always 42 degrees and learning how a media empire works, we are now going to make ITBlake famous. We created @ITBIntern Twitter and @ITBIntern Instagram accounts for him and have added “Make dank memes” and “Get 1,000 followers” to his learning objectives.

We hit our first teachable moment when we let ITBlake choose his own profile picture for Instagram.

While we applaud ITBlake for combining American flag Chubbies shorts with the beltline and the North Carolina flag, we were concerned people wouldn’t believe this was an ITB approved account. What ITBlake didn’t realize is that there are a lot of knock-off ITB accounts out there, some that even use our own logo to try to gain followers by riding our coattails. We had to make sure he was staying on ITBrand, so we did an entire logo overhaul for ITB Insider™. The graphic design work was done by Broughton graduate Katie Bryant, which is why it looks so amazing. We’ve also partnered with her and Southern Ego Clothing, a company run by Broughton graduate Roshad Williams, to make sure you can get these logos on every piece of clothing you could ever dream of. More on that coming soon.

Our new ITBrand

We’ve been recording these teachable moments with ITBlake and plan to launch a podcast in the next few weeks. This is going to be the most entertaining internship ever. Everyone please join us in welcoming ITBlake to the team. Follow him on Instagram. Like everything that he does. Make him famous.

If you have any suggestions on things that ITBlake should work on, please e-mail him at

First Week Pop Quiz Answer Key

1.) b. 1929
2.) c. Bryant
3.) d. Fourth floor
4.) b. Flash
5.) either a. The Connells or d. Chatham County Line were acceptable
6.) c. 56
7.) d. To the end of the Earth
8.) b. Students get to go inside and sign their name on the wall
9.) a. NYPD Blue
10.) b. 9 minutes
11.) this was a trick question, as Colin Fickes was on all of these shows
12.) d. 11
13.) another trick question, as Peyton Reed has directed all of these movies
14.) c. 2
15.) b. Algebra Club
16.) b. Excellent

Terps Announce 2017 Deb Class

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Being a Debutante is a great honor, second only to being on the Queen’s Court at Broughton’s Queen of Hearts. The Terpsichorean Club of Raleigh recently announced participants in the 91st annual Debutante Ball. The Club, comprised mostly of my ITBFFs from Raleigh, was formed in the 1920s to sponsor an annual statewide Debutante Ball to present many of North Carolina’s prominent young women and to honor their families. For the outsiders reading this, let me explain. The Deb Ball is sort of like The Hunger Games, where representatives from each district gather together in the Capitol, but with less human sacrifice (although there was that time one of my roommates got shot with a pellet gun the night before the Deb Ball and we were up until 5:00 am with him in the emergency room). The Ball has been held every year since 1923, with the exception of the World War II years (thanks a lot, Hitler).

We’re just a few days away from the festivities, so it’s time to take a look at the Deb Class of 2017.



29 Debs have double names. Unfortunately, the elusive triple named Deb did not emerge this year.


A lot of thought and deliberation went in to selecting the 2017 class.


Without further ado, here are the 2017 Debutantes. Raleigh is listed first because it’s the best. The name of the debutante is listed first, followed by the name of the parents.


Catherine Gayle Bernhardt (Catherine) – Mr. and Mrs. Mark Randall Bernhardt

Mary Powell White Boney (Mary Powell) — Mr. and Mrs. Martin McConnico Boney

Callee Elise Boykin (Callee) — Mr. and Mrs. Duke Graham Boykin, Jr.

Anna Elizabeth Bunn (Elizabeth) — Mr. William Henry Bunn IV Ms. Margaret Holt Bunn

Emerson Harmon Burkhardt (Emerson) — Mr. and Mrs. David Christian Burkhardt

Wynn Alexandra Burrus (Wynn) — Mr. and Mrs. Erik Sikes Burrus

MaryClaire Katherine Caldwell (MaryClaire) — Mr. and Mrs. Edmond William Caldwell, Jr.

Elizabeth Byrum Camak (Liza) — Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Neal Camak

Anna Teague Capel (Anna) — Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Blair Capel

Magen Taylor Colgan (Magen) — Mr. and Mrs. Timothy James Colgan

Anna Elizabeth Collawn (Anna) — Dr. and Mrs. James Belknap Collawn

Sandra Shawen Conway (Shawen) — Mr. and Mrs. Paul Blackwell Conway, Jr.

Olivia Cross Cummings (Olivia) — Mrs. and Mrs. William Kent Cummings

Grace Landon Dorsett (Grace) — Mr. and Mrs. James Kye Dorsett III

Rachel Avery Edwards (Rachel) — Mr. and Mrs. Val Joyner Edwards, Jr.

Vaden Elizabeth Ellwanger (Vaden) — Ms. Anna Dunn Fonville Mr. Mark Bernard Ellwanger

Mary Ellis Fanney (Mary Ellis) — Mr. John Kiah Fanney Ms. Marianna Wynn Bass

Dixie Marie Finley (Dixie) — Mr. and Mrs. Albert Earle Finley III

Caroline Whitehurst Fountain (Caroline) — Mr. and Mrs. David Burton Fountain

Logan Elyse Francis (Logan) — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Theophilus Geoffrey Francis

Catherine Charlotte George (Catherine) — Mr. and Mrs. William Craig George

Ella Donnell Gilliam (Ella) — Mr. Frank Donnell Gilliam Mrs. Joseph Thomas Ward, Jr.

Elizabeth Darden Grubb (Darden) — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gordon Grubb

Ryan Elizabeth Haar (Ryan) — Mr. and Mrs. Richard Venable Haar, Jr.

Georgia Craven Harris (Georgia) — Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Worth Harris III

Katherine Ann Hawkins (Kate) — Mr. and Mrs. David Dwight Hawkins II

Mary Branch Henderson (Branch) — Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Downing Henderson

Lily Rutherford Highsmith (Lily) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wilson Highsmith

Della Hobson Huffines (Della) — Mr. Dewey Hart Huffines Mrs. Della Williams Huffines

Alison Merritt Hughes (Alison) — Mr. and Mrs. Alan Marion Hughes

Mary Eleanor Hunter (Mary Ellen) — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vernon Hunter

Julia Frances Hurst (Julia) — Mr. Frank Michael Hurst Mrs. Marcia Hurst-Jellema

Mary Corinne Forehand Jackson (Mary Rinne) — Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Jackson

Charlotte Healy Jones (Charlotte) — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Healy Jones

Hannah Elizabeth Jones (Hannah) — Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Jones, Jr.

Mary Louise Kehaya (Mary Louise) — Mr. and Mrs. Mark Whitaker Kehaya

Daisy Shields King (Daisy) — Mr. and Mrs. Mark Charles King

Sarah Grace Lasso (Sarah Grace) — Mr. and Mrs. Scott James Lasso

Emilie Walton Lewis (Emilie) — Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Gratwick Lewis

Madeline Bonneau McElveen (Mads) — Dr. and Mrs. John Thomas McElveen, Jr.

Sarah Campbell Mitchell (Sarah) — Mr. and Mrs. John Fletcher Mitchell

Margaret McKinley Payne (Maggie) — Mr. and Mrs. William McKinley Payne III

Caroline Claire Poole (Caroline) — Mr. and Mrs. William Kenan Poole

Kathryn Bowen Powers (Katy) — Mr. and Mrs. Frank Poydras Powers, Jr.

Baye Bryan Reddy (Baye) — Mr. Joseph Bryan Reddy Mrs. Julie Wall Sparr

Lily Gray Revels (Lily) — Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley Revels

Madeline Grace Rieker (Madeline) — Dr. and Mrs. Robert Paul Rieker, Jr.

Lucy Baldwin Russell (Lucy) — Mr. and Mrs. Harold Edward Vann Russell

Amelia Nicole Rustin (Amelia) — Mr. and Mrs. John Lockwood Rustin

Sarah Elisabeth Sanchez (Sarah) — Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Joseph Sanchez

Maribelle Lea Scoggin (Maribelle) — Mr. William Gwin Scoggin Mrs. Gail Coates Scoggin

Lucy Carter Smith (Lucy) — Mr. and Mrs. William Carr Smith, Jr.

Mary Kendall Stephenson (Kendall) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wayne Stephenson

Elizabeth Louisa Taylor (Eliza) — Mr. and Mrs. Adam Lockhart Taylor

Katherine Connell Tehan (Katherine) — Mr. Glenn Keith Tehan Mrs. Holly Connell Tehan

Sara Scott Thompson (Sara Scott) — Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Scott Thompson

Elizabeth LaRue Tollison (Elizabeth) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scott Tollison

Britt Olivia Warner (Britt) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wayne Warner

Harriet Rhett Warner (Hattie) — Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Alan Warner

Kathryn Langill Watson (Katie) — Mr. and Mrs. Arthur David Watson

Ella Margaret Webster (Ella) — Mr. James Aldean Webster III and Mrs. Mary Ann Parrott

Schuyler McFall Weisel (Schuyler) — Mr. Michael Lloyd Weisel Dr. Deborah Lamm Weisel

Caroline Claire Wells (Caroline) — Mr. William Allen Wells Mrs. Joanna Winecoff Holt

Mary Glenn West (Mary Glenn) — Mr. and Mrs. Myron Craig West

Emma Suzanne Willard (Emma) — Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Lacy Willard

Hallie Royster Williams (Hallie) — Mr. James Hofler Williams Mrs. Juliana Pattisall-Williams

Margaret Reed Williams (Molly) — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coleman Williams

Allie Elizabeth Wilson (Allie) — Dr. and Mrs. Jon Jay Wilson

Clare Kathryn Zaytoun (Clare) — Dr. and Mrs. Henry Stanley Zaytoun, Jr.

Mattison White Zinner (Mattison) — Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Tod Zinner

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Hannah Leigh Schmitt (Hannah) — Mr. and Mrs. David James Schmitt


Margaret Katharine Redding (Maggie) — Dr. and Mrs. John Fulton Redding II


Caroline Kirk Jordan (Caroline) — Dr. and Mrs. Henry Watson Jordan II


Ruth Barnett Brady (Ruthie) — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Douglas Brady


Emma Chapman McQueen (Emma) — Doctors Chapman Teague McQueen and Shannon Dudley McQueen


Julia Anne Elizabeth Bullard (Julia Anne) — Mr. and Mrs. Bern Fraust Bullard III

Chapel Hill

Marjorie Coddington White (Marjorie) — Mr. and Mrs. David Grier White, Sr.

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Lyndsay McBrayer Cooper (Lyndsay) — Mr. and Mrs. William Robert Cooper, Jr.

Mary Alexandria Edmiston (Mary Alex) — Mr. and Mrs. George Harrell Edmiston, Jr.

Sydney Elizabeth Farris (Sydney) — Mr. and Mrs. Ray Simpson Farris III

Elizabeth Mason Sheridan (Mason) — Mr. Robert Howard Sheridan III and the late Mrs. Robert Howard Sheridan III

Catherine Ellis Shircliff (Catherine) — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Joseph Shircliff

Anne Garland Ullrich (Annie) — Mr. and Mrs. George Christian Ullrich II

Erin Carey Werthmuller (Erin) — Dr. and Mrs. William Carey Werthmuller


Katherine Taylor Riley (Katherine) — Mr. and Mrs. William Brian Riley


Vanna Lucille Prestage (Vanna) — Mr. and Mrs. John Leon Prestage


Sara Wilder Bryant (Sara Wilder) — Mr. and Mrs. David Wesley Bryant


Morgan Elizabeth Goff (Morgan) — Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. Jerry Christopher Goff

Allie Dalrymple Snipes (Allie) — Mr. and Mrs. John Dalrymple Snipes


Sarah Preston Rollins (Sarah) — Mr. and Mrs. Steed Rollins, Jr.


Lillian Frances Winborne (Lil) — Mr. and Mrs. Paul Faison Smith Winborne

Sarah Perryman Winborne (Perry) — Mr. and Mrs. Paul Faison Smith Winborne

Elizabeth City

Lauren Elizabeth Luther (Lauren) — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Willard Luther III

Margaret Leah Small (Maggie) — Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Reed Small


Charlotte Barker Broadwell (Charlotte) — Mr. and Mrs. Dohn Bedell Broadwell, Jr.

Emma Kelley McCauley (Emma) — Mr. and Mrs. John William McCauley

Jane Huske Schaefer (Jane) — Dr. and Mrs. William Dickson Schaefer


Natalie Montgomery Jordan (Natalie) — Dr. and Mrs. Richard Montgomery Jordan

Katherine Scott Pierce (Scotty) Mr. David Scot Pierce Mrs. Christine Currence Pierce


Margaret Newman Pope (Margaux) — Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Judson Pope III


Noelle Ann Cornelius (Noelle) — Mr. Perry Wayne Cornelius and Dr. Polly Butler Cornelius

Mary McAfee Cowan (Mary Mac) — The Reverend and Mrs. Daniel Newton Farnell Cowan

Olivia Reid Johnson (Liv) — Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Rogers Johnson III

Josephine Allen Myers (Josie) — Mr. and Mrs. James Micheal Cowhig


Martha Campbell Bennett (Martha) — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Allen Bennett, Jr.

Sarah Hampton Stephenson (Sarah) — Dr. and Mrs. Hale Hampton Stephenson

Maggie Elizabeth White (Maggie) — Mr. Julian Jordan White III Mrs. Rom Watson Jenkins


Lily Chappell O’Hair (Lily) — Mr. and Mrs. Dana Cameron O’Hair

Grace Beaver Simmons (Grace) — Mr. Robert Underdown Simmons Mrs. Angela Beaver Simmons

Mary Katherine Sowers (Mary Katherine) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael William Sowers


Emma Frances DeMent (Emma) — Mr. and Mrs. Russell Weldon DeMent III Mrs. Jennifer Strunk Baccus


Samantha Holmes Barnhardt (Sam) — Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Lucas Barnhardt


Elliott Parker Klass (Ellie) — The Honorable and Mrs. Mark Elliott Klass

Sydney Elizabeth Parker (Sydney) — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Todd Parker

Emerson Jane Williams (Emerson) — Mr. and Mrs. Alan Richard Williams


Virginia Maye Neal (Ginnie) — Mr. and Mrs. William Kreisler Neal, Jr.


Jennifer Alexandra White (Alex) — Mr. and Mrs. Brian William White

Morehead City

Alice Cox Pittman Horton (Alice Cox) — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Joseph Horton, Jr.

Sloane Irwin Pfaff (Sloane) — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Andrew Pfaff, Jr.


Laurel Frances Boone (Laurel) — Mr. James Wood Boone, Jr. Mrs. Bonnie Britt Boone


Mackenzie Rose Lambert (Mackenzie) — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lee Lambert

New Bern

Anna Louise Flanagan (Anna Louise) — Mr. Michael Perkins Flanagan and the Honorable Louise Wood Flanagan


Lydia Jane Seifert (Lydia) — Mr. and Mrs. John Alexander Webster

Sarah Ashcraft Seifert (Sarah) — Mr. and Mrs. John Alexander Webster

Rocky Mount

Mary Allison Barnes (Allison) — Mr. Luther Matthew Barnes IV Mrs. Tiffany Mewborn Barnes

Catherine Courtney Bondy (Courtney) — Dr. and Mrs. Paul Villeré Bondy

Caroline Elizabeth Carrier (Caroline) — Ms. Catherine Elizabeth Liipfert

Elizabeth Corbett Gay (Elizabeth) — Mr. and Mrs. Mack Lee Gay III

Bishop Marie Godwin (Bishop) — Mrs. Lisa Bulliner Godwin and the late Mr. James Tolbert Godwin

Anne Grant Larimer (Annie) — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paul Larimer

Belle Whitaker Rose (Belle) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scott Rose

Lucy Cooper Rose (Lucy) — Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jephthah Rose

Lindsey Anne Ross (Lindsey) — Mr. Douglas Hargrove Ross Mrs. John Girardeau Gardner, Jr.

Anne-Hunter Bailey Stone (Anne-Hunter) — Mr. Bryan Hunter Stone Mrs. Cindy Bailey Stone

Olivia Katherine Turnage (Olivia) — Mr. and Mrs. John Aaron Turnage


Mary McCaskill Holler (Mary Mac) — Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kemp Holler


Grace Ruthanna Steinman (Grace) — Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Charles Steinman

Mimi Scott Webb (Mimi) — Dr. and Mrs. William Whitaker Webb III


Colbie Normann Stephens (Colbie Normann) — Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Gerald Stephens


Mary McCall Leland (Mary McCall) — Dr. and Mrs. William Joseph Leland and the late Lisa Sykes Leland

Julianne Scott Mayo (Julianne) — Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Washington Mayo IV

Emma Grace Sprinkle (Emma Grace) — Mr. and Mrs. Richard Noble Sprinkle

Wake Forest

Kelly Ann King (Kelly Ann) — Mr. and Mrs. David Wall King, Jr.

Charlotte Winston Welsh (Charlotte) — Mr. and Mrs. David Bradford Welsh


Kylee Anna Rodman Clancy (Kylee) — Mr. Kevin Clayton Clancy Mrs. Michelle Bergeron Clancy

Svetlana Lee Douglas (Laney) — Mr. Scott Orander Douglas Mrs. Ann Davis Douglas

Madison Virginia Gerard (Madison) — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bennett Gerard IV

Alexandria George Nolley (Alex) — Mr. and Mrs. William Edwards Nolley, Jr.


Anna Grayce Chesson (Anna) — Mr. and Mrs. Alphes Rupert Chesson, Jr.

Mary Taylor Peele (Mary Taylor) — Mr. and Mrs. William Oscar Peele III


Eugenia Baron Jenkins (Eugenia) — Mr. and Mrs. Pembroke Nash Jenkins

Lela Elizabeth King (Lela) — Mr. and Mrs. David Roscoe King

Mary Leighton Mannen (Mary Leighton) — Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Allen Mannen, Jr.

Rebecca Lynn Worsley (Rebecca) — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cecil Worsley III

Emma Katherine Wright (Emma) — Mrs. Sara Scott Ford

Elizabeth Crawford Zimmerman (Libba) — Mr. and Mrs. Herman Webster Zimmerman III


Mary Catherine Boyette (Mary Catherine) — Mr. and Mrs. Brent Ashley Boyette

Susan Lindeman Edgar (Lindeman) — Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bridgeford Edgar

Julia Frances Horton Fulford (Julia Frances) — Mr. Edward Arpe Fulford Mrs. Christy Williamson Graham

Nell St. Clair Morrison (St. Clair) — Mr. and Mrs. Brame Perry Morrison, Jr.

Marie Page Barnes Smith (Marie Page) — Mr. and Mrs. Eliot Frederick Smith

Sydney Abbott Williams (Sydney) — Mr. and Mrs. Lloyde Kent Williams


Taylor Randall Wilson (Taylor) — Mr. Randall Boyd Wilson Mrs. Catherine Everett Wilson


Virginia Collier Caudill (Virginia) — Mr. and Mrs. Mark Collier Caudill

Isabel Leslie Hanson (Isabel) — Mr. and Mrs. William Rockefeller Hanson

Georgiana Dillon Hough (Georgiana) — Mr. and Mrs. Michael Royce Hough

Nancy Elizabeth Irvin (Lizzie) — Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lasater Irvin, Jr.

Ellie Amalie Kangur (Ellie) — Mr. and Mrs. Tonu Thomas Kangur, Jr.

Sarah Katherine Mann (Katie) — Mr. and Mrs. John Randolph Mann

Mary Dudley Newman (Mary Dudley) — Mr. and Mrs. Ancrum Boykin Newman

Elizabeth Edna Stockton (Elizabeth) — Mr. and Mrs. James Hill Stockton

Wrightsville Beach

Jane Woodard Hawthorne (Jane) — Mr. and Mrs. Henry Claiborne Hawthorne III

Development Beat: Raleigh Exploring Interactive Kiosks for Downtown

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Week of September 4, 2017

Raleigh exploring interactive kiosks for downtown

Crude Bitters in a Pink Building

Updates on Ashley Christensen’s new Poole Side Pie pizza place

City of Raleigh Museum adding a pony wall

A new kind of pizza for North Raleigh

Interactive Kiosks in Downtown Raleigh?

The streets of downtown Raleigh could soon be lined with interactive wayfinding kiosks, should the City decide to move forward with a proposal put forth by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

Raleigh’s City Manager is expected to give a report today on the possibility of introducing an “Interactive Kiosk Experience” (IKE) that would provide “digitally displayed information” through interactive touch-screen structures placed in public places. IKE, like IMAX, is actually a brand and not just a generic description. The system is in place in a number of cities now, including Denver, CO.

The “IKE” system can do everything from displaying wayfinding maps and public service announcements to serving as a cellphone charging station and Wi-Fi hot spot.

The concept was introduced at last month’s City Council meeting by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, after which representatives from at least seven different City departments convened to study the proposal.

According to a report by the City Manager, the units are intended to create “a meaningful recurring revenue stream to the city, and are installed, operated and maintained entirely at IKE’s cost.” Of course, that revenue stream isn’t going to come from maps, PSAs or Wi-Fi: the kiosks would also display advertising. And that’s where it gets complicated.

We won’t bore you (you can read the full memo here) but the City doesn’t currently allow advertising in any public right of way, but a Supreme Court case allows the government “to adopt speech that meets its purposes and needs” for display in the right of way. The memo points out that advertising for local businesses could be considered speech that meets government needs, whereas ads for national brands would not.

William Needham Finley IV has already moved forward with renderings of an ITB themed kiosk, stating “Despite being an internationally known media empire, ITB Insider™ should qualify as a local business that can advertise on IKE.”

We’re not sure when, or if, this will be approved, but we’ll keep you posted.


Crude Bitters

Raleigh’s premier — and North Carolina’s first — cocktail bitters company has now opened in a new location: the “pink building” at 501 E. Davie Street. And don’t worry: they’re keeping the color.

Previously located on West Cabarrus, Crude Bitters is a cocktail supplies shop — one disappointed Yelp reviewer thought it was a make-your-own-cocktail bar — that offers an array of mixers for enhancing your soda or liquor-drinking experience. Thanks to Ashton Smith’s newsletter for bringing this one to our attention.

Excited for @crudebitters to open in the new space soon! Congrats, friends!

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Pizza By The Poole Side

Two months after announcing plans to open the Poole Side Pie next to Poole’s Diner, restaurateur Ashley Christensen debuted an Instagram account last week that details her research in Naples for her new pizza restaurant.

Poole Side Pie plans to serve Neapolitan style wood-fired pizza. Although the restaurant is not slated to open until next year, we assume its Instagram account will offer a look at the development and progress.

City of Raleigh Museum Adding Pony Wall

One permit that caught the eye this week was the installation of a “pony wall” at the City of Raleigh Museum on Fayetteville Street. Although we initially thought this meant the museum would be adding pony rides as a way of generating more revenue, it turns out that a pony wall is just a short wall; often a “half wall that only extends partway from floor to ceiling, without supporting anything.” Too bad. For the month of September, you can check out the contents of the North Hills time capsule, which are on display in the museum.

Raleigh’s New Deep Dish Joint

Also happening on the pizza circuit this week, work is now underway on deep-dish pizza chain Nancy’s Pizza, which is opening a new location at North Raleigh’s Brennan Station on Creedmoor.

The restaurant chain traces its roots back to 1971, when “Italian immigrants, Nancy and Rocco Palese, opened their first pizza parlor, Guy’s Pizza, in Chicago.” Guy’s eventually began serving “stuffed pizza,” a variation on a recipe for an Easter specialty cake known as scarciedda. Stuffed pizza is unlike most “deep-dish” variations found outside of Chicago in that the sauce is served on top of a layer of cheese and toppings, all of which rest on two layers of crust. It is, essentially, a pizza pie.

As far as we know, Nancy’s will be the only place in Raleigh to sample this interesting, if slightly alien, creation. We don’t have a firm opening date yet, but imagine it will open before year’s end.

Anchors Ahoy

The owners of the Plantation Point shopping center on Capital Boulevard in far North Raleigh recently announced Burlington’s as a replacement anchor store for the now-vacant 30,000 square-foot space once occupied by Marshalls. Marshalls new location will open across the street in the Poyner Place Shopping Center next to Target later this month.

The new Burlington’s is itself a relocation of the store’s long-standing location in Ashton Square at the intersection of Capital and Buffalo.

Rezoning Case Back Before Council

A 5.91 acre site at 7900 Falls of Neuse in North Raleigh is now home to a La-Z-Boy furniture gallery, and is bound by a 1994 condition that prohibits all uses outside of furniture sales on the land.

Developers behind the first rezoning case of 2017 will today reopen a public hearing that kicked off in early July. The developers have agreed to add a set of conditions to the project, which will include a limitation on restaurant hours, the widening of a protective yard and limited access.

The rezoning case would allow for housing and retail — beyond just furniture — and up to 60,000 square feet of commercial space. The case has been unanimously approved by the neighborhood Citizen’s Advisory Council and recommended for approval by the City’s Planning Commission. We imagine Council is likely to approve this case, which will lead to significant changes to the intersection of Falls of Neuse and Strickland Road.

Development Beat: Smashed on Hillsborough Street

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Week of August 28, 2017

Smash Waffles starts construction on Hillsborough Street

Two-story noodle bar planned for South Wilmington

New frat house coming to NC State’s penal colony

Historic home on Oberlin moving

Downtown Marriott preps for renovations

Zoe’s coming to North Raleigh

Waffle Delivery Coming Soon to Hillsborough Street

Smash Waffles, a Pawnee, Indiana Greenville, NC based waffle-delivery service will soon be making its way to Hillsborough Street. Work is now underway on their first Raleigh location, which will open later this year on the ground floor of The Hillsborough mixed-use development at 2304 Hillsborough. The $150,000 fit-out of the now-empty space will be handled by Culver Building Company, although Metrocon is the General Contractor for The Hillsborough development.

While the Smash Waffles’ website recommends booking those morning deliveries at least 24 hours in advance, their waffles are not the kind you’d find in your average restaurant or the Cameron Village Harris Teeter freezer aisle. Smash’s traditional Beglian-style waffles are cooked with a dough-based batter instead of buttermilk, and feature lavish toppings. Their offerings include everything from the “Cracker Jack” which is topped with “sweet caramel popcorn and dressed with a caramel & brown sugar drizzle” to “The Campfire,” topped with “a marshmallow cream sauce, Nutella drizzle, graham cracker crumbles, and powdered sugar.”

If you can’t wait for construction to wrap up before getting your hands on these waffles, you can get them at Pizza La Stella on Fayetteville Street, where they’ve featured Smash Waffles on the menu since May.


Two-Story Noodle Bar Planned for South Wilmington

A new restaurant on South Wilmington Street next to Taz’s market would bring with it an entirely new front building facade, should an application filed with Raleigh’s Historic Development Commission win approval.

The case seeks to build a new storefront for an as-yet unnamed two-story noodle bar. The application, filed by friend of the media empire Ted Van Dyk of New City Design, states that the design is intended to “honor the Moore Square Historic District, while bringing a contemporary interpretation to the aesthetic.”

“As a restaurant and night spot,” Van Dyk notes, “appearance and attractiveness, and connection between inside and outside are important.”

The building’s original facade has been completely missing for decades and the building itself is considered a “noncontributing” resource in the Moore Square Historic District.

The new facade will be comprised mostly of glass, frosted glass and ceramic tile, and will “echo the ‘two-part’ composition of other facades on the street.”

The goal is to create something that is “clearly of the 21st century, does not copy other buildings or pretend to be old, and is instead respectful and compatible with its surroundings while establishing its own identity and place in time.”

We’re glad someone is finally doing something with this space and look forward to seeing how the project turns out, should it be granted approval.

New Frat house Coming to NC State’s Greek Penal Colony

Again, this is not a joke. These are the actual plans.

When we last checked in on the development of Greek Village at NC State, which was apparently designed by an 8th grader, a new Delta Zeta house had just received construction permits. Now, they will soon be joined by the brothers of Lambda Chi, whose $4.4 million, 17,357 square-foot house is getting built by McKinley Building. We plan to cover this Greek Village development until the very end. It’s just that fascinating.

Preserving a New Office Space

Preservation NC, a nonprofit focused on protecting and preserving historic properties and landscapes across the state, will soon be preserving some property for their own purposes: a new office.

The organization, which is currently headquartered above the City of Raleigh Museum at 220 Fayetteville, is planning to relocate to a space on Oberlin Road.

The property at 814 Oberlin is now home to the historic Plummer T. Hall House, built between 1880 and 1893 by Reverend Hall as a wedding gift to his bride. According to a certificate of appropriateness application, the Hall house is “the only one story Queen Anne cottage in the Oberlin community and has several distinct architectural details such as the turreted section of the front porch, a bay window, and both circular and quatrefoil gable vents.”

Instead of merely renovating and restoring the home, Preservation NC plans to move another historic home onto the same lot: the Willis Graves House. Currently situated down the street at 802 Oberlin, the Graves House is a two story home Built in the Queen Anne style, and was “the only residence of its kind in the historically African-American Oberlin community.”

Originally built between 1884 and 1889 for Willis M. Graves, one of Oberlin’s early settlers, the house will be relocated to 814 Oberlin, where both it and the Hall house will be placed on new foundations, and joined via a deck built between new additions on the back of each home, allowing for an accessible rear entry.

Although the additions are behind the “historic” portions of the houses, they are designed to “be compatible with the historic details and massing of both houses as well as with each other.”

The COA application, which was approved by Raleigh’s Historic Development Commission last week, notes that the additions are “meant to be simple and clean lined in order to draw your eye to the ornate and often times quirky details of the Willis Graves and Plummer T. Hall houses.”

Without Preservation NC, these buildings would be disappearing at a much quicker pace, so it seems fitting that the organization wants to headquarter itself in a place that so clearly embodies their vision.

Downtown Marriott Preps For Renovations

Two rooms on the fourth floor of the downtown Marriott at 500 Fayetteville Street will soon be turned into “model rooms” for a future renovation project at the hotel. Built just ten years ago, the hotel underwent a significant renovation in 2014 that saw the addition of a new dining area and improvements to its meeting and event spaces.

Although we’re not sure what these new rooms will look like, testing out the new design on two rooms before transforming the entire hotel seems like a pretty smart move. Marriott has redesigned the guest rooms in many of their hotels in recent years, and the results remind us more of high-end condos than standard hotel rooms, and we imagine that will be the case for the Marriott City Center.

Zoe’s Comes to North Raleigh

Zoe’s Kitchen will soon be moving into the space on Falls of Neuse occupied since 2011 by the Tribeca Tavern. The surprisingly pricey $850,000 renovation of the space is being handled by Venture Construction.

ITB Dad in Doghouse After Ruining Back to School Picture

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ITB Family Nearly Torn Apart Over School Photo

A Hayes Barton family was almost torn apart after a disastrous first day of school. Grace Anne Stewart, a mother of two, came close to filing for divorce after her husband, Charles Stewart, failed to take an adequate back to school picture of their children.

Grace Anne had gone out of town to be with her sister who was giving birth, one of the only reasons a mother would miss a back to school photo shoot of her kids. She laid out specific instructions and sent Charles a reminder text early Monday morning.

Charles woke up, read the text, remembered about half of it and began his day. He tried putting the kids into the outfits his wife had chosen, but gave up after the kids threw mild tantrums. He managed to get the children to write their names on the chalkboard by bribing them with an extra hour of iPad time after school, and quickly took the pictures. Distracted by an important commercial real estate call, Charles forgot to send the pictures to his wife and proceeded to drop the kids off at school. By 9:00 am, Grace Anne knew something was wrong and texted her husband.

Grace Anne: Charles! Where are the pictures?!

Charles: Sorry, got caught up on a call.

Grace Anne: It’s 9:05 am. Our picture won’t be seen by as many people if we don’t post it right now. We need at least 100 likes this year.

Charles sent the pictures at 9:06 am, which is also the exact moment his marriage nearly came to an end.

Grace Anne: CHARLES!!!!

Charles: Don’t the kids look cute?

Grace Anne: The chalkboard, Charles. The fucking chalkboard.

Charles: I put the chalkboard out!

Grace Anne: Yeah, you did, but those grades are from LAST YEAR. David had a huge growth spurt this summer. He doesn’t look like he’s going into the 4th grade, unless he’s the damn Hodor of Root. He’s a giant.

Charles: It’s not my fault the kids don’t know what grade they’re going into. There are literally 1 million pictures of kids going back to school today on social media. No one actually reads the chalkboards.

Grace Anne: Well my group text that I just sent these to noticed immediately. And I told you to put him in seersucker shorts and a Brooks Brothers polo from the ITBack to School Must Haves guide. Why is he wearing a Golden State Warriors t-shirt and basketball shorts?! This isn’t a Jaycee basketball game.

Brooks Brothers Polo

A quintessential part of the ITB wardrobe, the Brooks Brothers polo should be worn every day of the week. When not wearing a Brooks Brothers polo, make sure your child is wearing a t-shirt from an ITB acceptable restaurant, such as Sanitary, Beaufort Grocery, Angus Barn, etc.

Charles: I’ll fix it.

Grace Anne: How?! Now we don’t have a first day of school picture to post next to our last day of school picture at the end of the year! Do you want this to be your second divorce before you’re 35? We are done. DONE!

Charles knew nothing good could come from replying to an all caps “done” text message. Thinking he could salvage the picture, and hoping to avoid another costly divorce, Charles cancelled his commercial real estate appointment, hopped in his Yukon, and sped towards Root. He pulled the kids out of class, did 95 down Glenwood, arrived home, frantically made the kids change clothes and pose for another picture in front of the chalkboard, which he updated with the correct grades. He took a dozen pictures and sent them to his wife by 10:00 am.

Grace Anne: These are fine. But if this doesn’t get 100 likes so help me God…

As of 6:00 pm the picture only has 87 likes.


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ITBack to School Must Haves

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You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. With schools across ITB starting soon, you’ll want to make sure your child has the appropriate accoutrements for their new year. The last thing you need as a parent is for little Davis III or Mary Anna to come home crying after the first day of school because they wore the wrong article of clothing or had a store brand snack in their lunch.

That’s why we’ve created this handy back to school guide that will ensure your children get off to a great start. This list isn’t the final say on the only acceptable items, but it provides standard issue ITB provisions that will meet the approval of your child’s peers.

We’ve even taken the time to link all of these products from Amazon so you can shop from the comfort of your home while watching Game of Thrones or that episode of Andy Cohen’s Then & Now that William Needham Finley IV was on. Plus, when you buy items by clicking these links you’ll be supporting the ITB Insider™ media empire, at no extra cost!


North Face Backpack

A classic staple for ITB kids of all ages. Name brand? Check. Solid color that goes with anything? Check. Also, the Borealis is unisex so your child can’t be made fun of for having a backpack designed for the opposite sex.

Scout Lunch Bag

The days of bringing your lunch to school in a brown paper bag like it’s 1975 are over. If your child doesn’t show up at lunch with a doggie bag lunch cooler, they might as well eat alone in the janitor’s closet because that’s how much they’ll feel like an outcast around the other kids.

Lunch Container

Sure, you bought the designer lunch bag, but you aren’t going to put your child’s food in a ziplock bag are you? Those things are probably FULL of BPA, PVC, and phthalates. Save your child’s life by using these lunch containers. They also conveniently keep the different foods from touching, which is perfect for kids with OCD.

Pirate’s Booty

Pirate’s Booty has rocketed to the top of the snack food charts. Try sending your kid to school with a bag of Utz cheese balls and watch what happens when another mom notices while visiting her child at lunch. Your cheese ball move just became the talk of a thousand group texts.

Cheddar Bunnies

Like Pirate’s Booty, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies are somewhat new to the snack game. The company itself wasn’t founded until 1989, but their Cheddar Bunnies are on par with the iconic Goldfish crackers. You probably can’t go wrong with either, but Annie’s just seems more ITB because of how much they shove that organic label in your face.

New Balance 990s

The only shoe you’ll ever need. Yeah your kid is probably begging for some new Under Armour shoe, but that’s just a fad. New Balances will never go out of style and will never blow a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Yeti Tumbler

You can’t just send your child to school with a bottle of Deer Park and call it a day anymore. Their drinks needs to have ice and that ice needs to stay frozen solid until you pick them up in the afternoon. Thank God YETI is the only tumbler with this type of ice preservation technology.

Lilly Planner

We all know you’re going to be the one planning your kid’s schedule, so you might as well look good doing it.

Trapper Keeper

The perfect receptacle for your child’s schoolwork, which you will ultimately be responsible for.

Sperry Top-Siders

Wearing Sperrys means that at anytime you can attend a semi-formal event, board a boat, or go to the beach. These are all possibilities your child could face at a moment’s notice. Always be prepared.

Kid Sperrys

Same as above. Start teaching your children the importance of wearing proper shoes as they navigate the waters of the Pullen Park boats. But not the paddle boats, those require too much work.

Brooks Brothers Polo

A quintessential part of the ITB wardrobe, the Brooks Brothers polo should be worn every day of the week. When not wearing a Brooks Brothers polo, make sure your child is wearing a t-shirt from an ITB acceptable restaurant, such as Sanitary, Beaufort Grocery, Angus Barn, etc.

While this guide is far from complete, it should be enough to get you started. Good luck to you and your children on another exciting year of attending ITB schools.


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Development Beat: Apartments Planned Next to Broughton

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Week of August 21, 2017

Apartments planned next to Broughton

Mecca is back from vacation

ITB home of the week from Cornerstone Properties

Gregg Museum to open at NC State

Pullen Arts Center expansion plans

WeWork coming to Raleigh

55-Unit Apartment Complex Planned for St. Mary’s Street

The Ligon Building at 800 St. Mary’s Street may soon be replaced. Situated across the street from Broughton High School, the 63-year-old, four-story, 25,000 square-foot office building could soon be torn down to make way for a four-story, 55-unit apartment building.

Plans filed last week by a subsidiary of the Selwyn Property Group, a Charlotte-based developer, detail a new 123,807 SF multifamily complex comprised of 16 one-bedroom and 39 two-bedroom units. Selwyn purchased the property, their first office acquisition in the Triangle, in March of 2015 for just over $2 million.

City code requires that a new residential complex of this size provide 106 parking spaces. As a result, this development will include two levels of covered parking. The site plan also includes 8,081 square feet of outdoor amenity space. While the square footage of the new building will nearly sextuple in size from the Ligon, the amount of impervious surface will actually see a slight decrease. We’ll keep you posted on this, as I’m sure William Needham Finley IV is having a panic attack over Charlotte developers building so close to Broughton.


Mecca Reopens After Summer Hiatus

Raleigh residents can breathe a sigh of relief. The Mecca Restaurant, one of downtown Raleigh’s oldest restaurants, has reopened after a summer break.

.94 acre ITB Kingdom for sale

A fantastic house just hit the market off of Ridge Road. Listed at $678,000 (or roughly 97,000 12-packs of LaCroix), this remodeled home is located at 2904 Chipmunk Lane. Here’s your chance to own a Wake Forest sized lot and still be able to walk your kids to Lacy and Martin, before buying them a late 2010s model SUV that they’ll drive to Broughton in 2026.

ITB: Check
Remodeled: Check
Cul de sac: Check
Enormous private lot: Check (0.94 acres)
ITB Schools: Check

This 3,440 square foot home has something for everyone. Four bedrooms, including a first floor master, a huge finished basement that’s perfect for hosting breakfasts after Queen of Hearts, a detached carport for keeping your luxury SUV or sedan protected from the elements, and a workshop for dads who know how to use tools or for those who pretend to so they can hide from their family when things get too overwhelming.

You can check out the listing here. Contact Dale Moody (919-607-4606) at Cornerstone Properties for more info. Tell him we sent you and he’ll throw in a free YETI cooler for every room, or something. (While supplies last.)

Gregg Museum to open at NC State

Built in 1927, NC State’s historic Chancellor’s Residence on Hillsborough Street will soon reopen as the new home of the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. The existing 7,950 square-foot Georgian mansion is complemented by a new 15,000 square foot addition designed by Perkins & Will. The new museum features indoor and outdoor spaces that will host everything from film screenings to festivals, a pedestrian walkway leading to the Pullen Arts Center, and much more.

The grand opening is scheduled for August 26, where festivities will kick off with a 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting. Not surprisingly, William N. Finley IV was invited to attend a sneak preview of the new facility last week. “I don’t know much about art, but they did a great job with the space. 5 out of 5 beltlines,” commented Finley IV.

Pullen Arts Center Moves Forward With Expansion Plans

The Pullen Arts Center is about to get a whole lot bigger. Site plans have provided further details on a $6 million expansion of the center located on the northern side of Pullen Park. Originally built in the 1960s, the center offers programs allowing visitors to learn pottery, printmaking, glasswork and more.

The new expansion will provide an additional 7,510 square feet of space to the existing 14,000 square foot center. The impervious surface area will increase as well, from 78,200 SF to 89,500 SF, due in part to site improvements associated with the project, including a reconfiguration of and addition to the parking lot and a drivable plaza.

The two-story addition will serve to “accommodate the growth and popularity of arts education at Pullen Arts Center with new technology and equipment.” The Pullen Arts Center will close for 12 months beginning in November, when construction is set to commence.

Alumni Hall Opens at Cameron Village

Alumni Hall, a college sports apparel store in the space once occupied by Pendleton Woolen Mills at Cameron Village, held its grand opening last week. They offered gift cards and refreshments to shoppers in the market for the “best brands, selection and deals on NC State clothing & merchandise.” We first reported on this new location back in March.

WeWork Expands Into Downtown Raleigh

Co-working giant WeWork has announced plans to move into Raleigh’s yet-unfinished One Glenwood Building at the intersection of Glenwood and Hillsborough.

One Glenwood, a 10-story, 212,000 SF Class-A office building, is currently under construction and scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2018. WeWork offers a wide array of amenities to its tenants at all locations, and we imagine the spaces at One Glenwood will include such things as micro-roasted coffee, fruit water, “phone booth” spaces that serve as “comfortable sanctuaries for conducting private calls and video chats,” and much more.

Sheetz Opens Shop on Glenwood

Less than six months after the demolition of an old recycling center at 8101 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh’s newest Sheetz store has opened its doors on the land, with a grand opening celebration held last week. The 6,407 square-foot convenience store was built out by prominent local contractors Holt Brothers Construction for a permitted cost just shy of a $1 million.

Apartment Construction Hits 20-Year High

As the new apartments at 800 St. Mary’s marks the approximately 700th new multifamily project we’ve covered this year, it came as little surprise that 2017 marked a 20-year high in new apartment construction. Across the United States, a total of 345,000 new units are expected to be added by year’s end. In a city-by-city ranking, Charlotte beat out Raleigh this year, with a total of 6,500 new units expected, vs. our 2,400 new units.

According to a new study from our friends over at RentCafe, the apartment market faced a slow post-recession period and began rebounding in 2012. By 2014, new supply had amounted to more than 237,000 units delivered in one year, well above historical averages. Between 1997 and 2006, annual completions averaged 212,740 units.

However, even 2017’s delivery numbers may still not be enough to keep up with growing demand. Data from the National Multifamily Housing Council predicts that we’ll need about 4.6 million apartments by 2030, which averages out to 373,000 per year.



The ITBest Places to Watch the Solar Eclipse

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Millions of people will gather on Monday afternoon to stare at the sun, which will be blocked by the moon for a few minutes in what is known as a “total solar eclipse.” This doesn’t happen very often, which is why so many people are freaking out over it. Classic supply and demand.

Apparently, there’s this thing called the “path of totality” which is the area where the eclipse will be the most blackout or, according to NASA, “the path that the moon’s shadow traces on Earth during a total solar eclipse.”


We did some investigative journalism by looking at that map and discovered that Raleigh isn’t even in the path of totality. That means we’ll only get about 90% blackout, if you really believe the folks at NASA.

Most Raleigh residents seem excited about the eclipse, with Facebook posts seeking eclipse glasses numbering in the billions. So after conducting extensive research on planetary alignment and proximity to the beltline, we came up with the best places to view the solar eclipse in Raleigh.


Carolina Country Club

The Club will be holding a members only viewing party of the total solar eclipse. An anonymous CCC representative commented, “We considered coming up with a plan to shift the Earth’s axis so that we would be directly in the path of totality, but the estimated cost was around $70 trillion. We didn’t feel comfortable asking members to pay higher dues for a 2 minute event. Plus we’re just really focused on the Deb Ball right now.”

Broughton Bell Tower

Broughton is commonly known as the center of the universe, which makes the bell tower the best place in the world to view the solar eclipse. Light refreshments will be served and the Broughton show choir will perform a rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. If you’ve already graduated, you’ll need to bring either a Caps Club pass, your diploma, or a class ring to get in.

Second Floor of Felson’s (Fosters/Nelson’s)

Once home to the highest number of weekend blackouts in Raleigh, Felson’s (Fosters/Nelson’s) is another great spot to view the eclipse. The second story offers amazing views of our beloved Cameron Village and downtown Raleigh. Attendees must be able to name the top 5 songs played on the NDF in order to be let in. Marcus will be checking IDs, just kidding, he’ll just be standing next to the door greeting people as they walk in.


How to View the Eclipse

Once you select your location, you’ll need the proper viewing equipment. You could join the thousands of parents searching Facebook for $2 NASA approved glasses. Or you could just buy a pair of our custom-made LaClipse™ glasses. If you didn’t pick any of these up, your polarized Ray-Bans are probably fine. If you happen to burn your retinas out while wearing your Ray-Bans, my attorney Stacy Miller would be happy to represent you in a class action lawsuit against the sun.

These are safe.

With the proper location and equipment you should all have an enjoyable total solar eclipse viewing experience. Remember, just like mansion fires, it’s not safe to stare directly into the sun.


Development Beat: New Fairview Fire Station, Tasca Brava Closes, Peace Street Demolition

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Week of August 7, 2017

New fire station for Fairview Road

Developers clear way for Peace Street hotel, which has yet to be approved

Tasca Brava closes

North Hills Harris Teeter set for renovations

A first look at the Drive Shack layout

New sorority house for NC State

7-Story hotel planned for Crabtree

Voda to hold grand opening

New Fairview Road Fire Station

Built in 1949, Raleigh’s Fire Station 6 was for a time the city’s oldest, active fire station. That time came to an end last week, when a $99,000 permit was issued for the demolition of the 5,408 square-foot station at 2601 Fairview Road. The site won’t remain vacant for long, however, as a brand-new Station 6 will be built on the same spot. The new station will be nearly three times the size of the old, and is designed to target LEED Silver requirements. Construction is expected to take 14 months.

Before the old station is torn down, the City plans to salvage a number of items for reuse in the new station. This will reportedly include some original brick and hardwood floors, the fire pole, and even some original, decorative door hardware.

Check out architect Stewart Cooper Newell’s project page for more details. If you’re curious about the station’s past, Mike Legeros’ site provides a library of photos and a history of the station, including details on its original 1943 opening and location.

William Needham Finley IV asks that everyone restrain from setting any mansions on fire in Country Club Hills while the construction of the fire station is underway.


Demolition on Peace Street

Less than a month after a rezoning was submitted to the City, demolition has begun on the property at the intersection of Peace and Boylan. Thanks to @TriangleExplorer for the heads up.

Although the .36 acre parcel sits mostly vacant, a single-story, 908 square-foot home that was first built in 1948 occupied the lot. The home was torn down for a listed cost of $19,000 by Master Service Construction out of Charlotte. Yep, that Charlotte.

A rezoning case that would upzone the parcel from Neighborhood Mixed Use with a three-story cap to Commercial Mixed Use with a five-story cap won’t be heard by the Planning Commission until August 22. It will ultimately be up to City Council to approve, following a Public Hearing.

The developers, MJM Group, argued that the rezoning would pave the way for a “unique, smaller hotel product type as compared to existing full service or limited service hotels.” MJM Group specializes in hospitality projects, and has built hotels under the Marriott, Hilton, and Choice Hotels brands. Beyond that: we don’t know the brand, the layout, or the target opening date. For now, it’s interesting enough that the space is already being cleared.

Tasca Brava Closes

Tasca Brava, an authentic Spanish restaurant on Glenwood South known for its small-plate offerings, closed its doors for good last week. The announcement was made in a brief Facebook post on August 1, which read “With great sorrow, after sixteen years, Tasca Brava lost.”

Tasca Brava was one of the first tapas restaurants to debut on Glenwood South in the early 2000s. They will be missed.

North Hills Harris Teeter Renovations

Since opening at North Hills in 2009, the two-story Harris Teeter on St. Alban’s Drive is apparently in need of some upgrades. Ashland Construction will be performing $86,000 worth of renovations to the second-floor.

ITB moms can breathe a sigh of relief, this will not impact the wine aisle. Dogs of ITB owners, however, may be mildly inconvenienced when attempting to purchase pet supplies. Some local dogs were not amused after hearing the news.

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Drive Shack Site Plans Unveiled

A rendering of the Drive Shack Florida location

Back in May, we reported on plans to build a new Drive Shack facility in West Raleigh on Corporate Center Drive. Drive Shack is a 3-story indoor/outdoor driving range with suites and a restaurant and bar.

Developers are currently requesting a number of variances, many related to parkway frontage. This snoozefest of a request actually contained one interesting document: a site plan layout of the proposed facility.

Work Begins on Greek Village’s Newest Sorority House

Phase II of NC State’s ambitious Greek Village development is officially underway, as work begins on the new $3.9 million Delta Zeta house. Barker Construction will be building out this new three-story, 18,198 square-foot property on Stewardship Park. The house will contain 20 units and is designed to house a total of 40 Delta Zeta Sisters.

Hotel Developers Set Sights on Crabtree

A group of developers had to file a variance request with the City’s Board of Adjustment to move their potential hotel development forward. Arrow Development & Arrow Drive LLC want to build out a new 7-story, 154-room hotel on a small parcel of land just south of Crabtree Valley Mall between Arrow Drive and Crabtree Valley Place. At issue is the fact that this parcel of land is comprised of a mere 1.26 acres, when the City requires 2.5 acres for a hotel in this zoning district.

The application to the Board of Adjustment notes that many of the surrounding properties house 7-story hotels and that this property’s unique topography would allow for structured parking, thus reducing the total lot size required to meet parking requirements. In short, the smaller lot size would have no adverse impact on parking, according to their application.

Voda Grand Opening at The Devon Four25 on 8/12

Although new women’s clothier Voda Boutique opened its doors in June, it will hold its grand opening celebration this Saturday, August 12 at The Devon Four25 Apartments on Tucker Street. The grand opening event will run from 11 a.m. — 6 p.m. and feature the following, per Voda’s Facebook Event Page:

Hourly Giveaways
Peppertrain Jewelry Trunk Show
Braid Bar by Parlor Blow Bar 2 p.m. — 6 p.m.
Frosé, Champagne, Trophy Wife IPA
Yummy Treats
Photo Booth Fun

We first reported on the shop back in April, when $40,000 worth of renovation permits for the 1,346 square-foot space were issued.

Development Beat: 20-story Hillsborough Tower, Plans for Six Forks, Raleigh Gets a Cathedral

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Week of July 31, 2017

Renderings for the 20-story tower on Hillsborough Street

No tacos for the horse barn in City Market

A Place at the Table may have found a permanent home

City seeks input for Six Forks corridor

Inside look at 10th & Terrace rooftop bar

41Hundred opens at North Hills

Raleigh gets a new Cathedral

Southern Charred headed to Glenwood South

New renderings for 20-story tower on Hillsborough

In January, we first reported on the plans to bring a new 20-story, 540,867 square foot tower to the 400 block of Hillsborough Street. The plan for the new development, which is still going by the name 400H, is for it to be a “smaller, newer” version of PNC Plaza. Architectural firm Gensler released a set of new renderings last week.

In addition to 129,000 square feet of office space and 16,500 square feet of retail space, the 244′ high building will include 220 residential units: 120 one-bedrooms, 90 two-bedrooms, and 10 three-bedrooms. 674 parking spaces will be provided for the residents and building tenants.

No Mas Horse Barn Tacos

Sadly, Justin Miller, friend of the ITB media empire, is no longer seeking to open a taco restaurant in City Market. The space that Miller (no relation to the best attorney in Raleigh, Stacy Miller) had shown an interest in last year once served as a horse barn for the Raleigh Police Department. Miller, who co-created the popular WedPics app and El Taco Cartel (a taco cart) cited the costs of renovating a 102-year-old building and a lack of clarity and special capabilities from the city as the main factors in his decision.

In a prime location adjacent to the soon-to-be renovated Moore Square, we imagine it won’t be long until the space is transformed into something a little more glorious than its previous use. Council is expected to discuss the building’s future at its August 15 meeting. Many are speculating that WNFIV will debut plans for a LaCroix drive-thru, but that’s just a rumor at this point.

Just another trillion dollar business idea from wnfiv


A Place at the Table May Have a New Home

A Place at the Table, the nonprofit that’s been hosting pop-up events around the city since last April may have found a place to call home – 300 West Hargett Street. The space was occupied by Cafe de los Muertos before it closed in February. The pop-up events have offered diners the option to pay what they want at various restaurants around town, and the concept has been both successful and well-received.

Per Ashton Smith’s excellent weekly newsletter Raleigh, over-easy, we heard the old Muertos space might soon become the permanent home for APATT. As a fan both of the former cafe and the mission behind APATT, this is one rumor I’m really hoping turns out to be true.

Maggie Kane, executive director for A Place at the Table, would only tell us that an official announcement would be coming out within a week. To learn more about the nonprofit, you can visit their website, or check out their next pop-up event, scheduled for August 12 at 10 am at NOFO. 

City Sets its Sights on Six Forks

The City of Raleigh is seeking feedback for its ongoing Six Forks Corridor Study, which runs from North Raleigh down through North Hills and ends at the Creekside Crossing Shopping Center.

According to the City, Six Forks was selected for a corridor study in part because it’s a highly congested corridor with increasing development pressure, growing pedestrian demand, and poor bicycle accessibility.

Part of the City’s roughly $45 million plan includes turning the corridor into an “irresistible gathering place; the Main Street of North Raleigh,” which will require a lot of upgrades and improvements.

These upgrades include widening the sidewalks to a minimum of six feet, reducing the speed limit to 35 mph, and adding over 4 miles of grade separated bike lanes, over 700 canopy and flowering trees, 10 new bus shelters, 52 high visibility crosswalks, public art and much more.

If you have any feedback on the City’s current plans, which you can view here, you can comment:
Online at, keyword “Six Forks Corridor Study”
Call Carter Pettibone at 919-996-4643
Send a letter to the following address:
Carter Pettibone
Department of City Planning
City of Raleigh
P.O. Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602

The city is seeking comments on the draft study document through August 21.

10th & Terrace To Open In September

10th & Terrace, the rooftop bar at the newly opened Residence Inn in Downtown Raleigh should be open to the public in September. Described as the “tallest and only full service rooftop bar in Downtown Raleigh” it is currently open to hotel guests. We got a sneak peek last week because we’re important.

Small Plates at North Hills

The 41Hundred Lounge opened in North Hills last week, offering visitors a swath of bite-size menu items and expertly-prepared cocktails. We’ve always thought Raleigh could use more small/shared-plate joints, and 41Hundred, which bills itself “a haven of casual, shareable plates in an uncomplicated setting,” looks to be a very welcome addition indeed.

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral Opens

It is finished. After less than 18 months of construction, Raleigh’s brand-new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is now open to the public.

A dedication ceremony held last week also served as a sort-of passing of the torch: for nearly a century, the Sacred Heart church on Hillsborough Street served as the Diocese of Raleigh’s Cathedral, or Mother Church. That mantle now belongs to the Holy Name of Jesus location, which can hold 2,000 worshippers, compared to the 320 that used to squeeze into Sacred Heart.

Holy Name is absolutely beautiful on the inside, and the iconic dome is nothing short of magnificent. The 43,000 square-foot, $46 million house of worship was designed by O’Brien & Keane architects out of Virginia, a firm that specializes in religious projects. Clancy & Theys, a local firm, served as the general contractor.

The Cathedral has an interesting video series on their website worth checking out.

Southern Charred Coming to Glenwood South

The barbecue restaurant coming to 510 Glenwood South now has a name. After reporting in May that Matt Kenner, owner of Milk Bar, was planning to open a barbecue joint, we only had one question: would he name it Barbecue Restaurant?

Permits issued last week indicate the new spot will be called Southern Charred, which sounds very similar to the hit Bravo reality show “Southern Charm”. No word on if the cast of the Charleston-based show will be in town for the opening. Southern Charred will offer a blend of North Carolina-styled ‘cue, mixed with Memphis, Kansas City, and Texas influences.

Turning Over a New Leith

A set of site plans filed last week would add to the growing mass of asphalt and glistening steel that dominates such a large swath of North Raleigh, as Leith plans to build a brand-new Jaguar/Land Rover dealership on Capital Boulevard.

Of course, if you’re reading this column, we imagine you’d much rather do your car shopping from within the safe confines of ITB, and in that case, Finley told us there’s no place finer than Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac.

Development Beat: New Neighbors for North Hills, The Dillon Gets Retail, a Proposed Downtown Stadium

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Week of July 24, 2017

40-acre mixed-use development coming to St. Albans

Urban Outfitters coming to The Dillon

Plans for a soccer stadium in downtown Raleigh

Renovation begins on new restaurant on Lenoir

Jaycee Park gets upgrades

Won’t You Be My North Hills Neighbor

DeWitt Carolinas announced its plans for a 40-acre mixed-use development along St. Alban’s Drive last week. A Raleigh based company, DeWitt Carolinas began acquiring property in the area in the late 90s, when it developed its One Renaissance Centre headquarters along Benson Drive. The new development will consist of “office space, retail and dining storefronts, hotels, multifamily and senior living residences, with green space and water amenities.” The project will come about thanks to years of negotiations that culminated in the recent purchase of 18.8 acres that lie adjacent to the 20 acres DeWitt purchased in 1998. 

Todd Saieed, CEO of Dewitt Carolinas, stated, “We have been persistent and strategic in assembling this property, pursuing the zoning required and earning the trust of our neighbors, City Council and business partners.”

A rezoning case unanimously approved by City Council earlier this year will allow for buildings ranging between seven and 20 stories in height. DeWitt worked with the Midtown Citizens Advisory Council to put in place a range of development conditions to address concerns related to “height, noise, signage, light, traffic, parking, building uses and setbacks.” The CAC voted 66-26 in favor of the case, and the conditions include everything from electric car charging stations and emergency phones in the parking garage, to a requirement that bars/nightclubs must be at least “300 feet from the St. Albans right of way and located in a multi-tenant building.”

Patrick Martin, the chairperson of the Midtown CAC commented on working with DeWitt, “DeWitt Carolinas took an unprecedented collaborative approach from the beginning and through a series of meetings and public hearings we reached consensus on a package of development conditions. It was truly a pleasure to deal with this developer and we look forward to their future endeavors”

This news comes less than a month after Kane Realty filed plans for the first phase of its 32-acre expansion known as North Hills East II. While Kane has been responsible for the vast majority of the transformation of North Hills over the last 14 years, we’re excited to see what new concepts and ideas DeWitt will bring to the area. As long as they deliver on the promised water amenities (paddle boats? a wave pool?), we’re sure it’ll be spectacular.


Urban Outfitters Coming to The Dillon

Urban Outfitters will open at The Dillon in downtown Raleigh in 2018. The Dillon, a major development in the Warehouse District that will include two 6-story residential buildings, 18-stories of Class-A office space, and street-level retail, made the announcement Tuesday morning.

There had been a lot of speculation around what retailer would land in The Dillon. Early renderings from WNFIV showed a potential lazy river surrounding the building, with Bonner’s Surf Shop as the top floor tenant.

This could still happen.

Founded in 1970, Urban Outfitters now operates over 200 stores in the United States, Canada and Europe. This will be their first store in Raleigh. Urban Outfitters is described as “a lifestyle retailer offering on-trend fashions for women and men, accessories and quirky home decor items.”

Soccer Stadium Complex Proposed for Downtown

The North Carolina Football Club unveiled their plans last week for a brand-new, $150-million, 22,000 seat soccer stadium complex located at the northern edge of downtown Raleigh.

Situated at the edge of Halifax Mall and stretching along Peace Street to the Capital Boulevard bridge, the development would include not only a Major League Soccer stadium, but also at least 300 hotel rooms, more than 1,200 residential units, 100,000 square feet of retail, 750,000 square feet of Class A office space, and additional parking. When you combine this with the Smokey Hollow mixed-use development, located immediately to the west of the stadium, we’re talking about adding nearly 1,500 housing units and 160,000 square feet of retail to this section of downtown alone.

Of course, development of the new stadium hinges entirely on whether the NCFC can win a bid for one of the new expansion slots from the MLS. Twelve cities, including Charlotte, have submitted proposals. For a more in-depth look, read Finley’s write-up of the announcement.

Should the stadium get built as proposed, Halifax Mall, downtown Raleigh’s most underrated gem, would remain largely intact. The infamous Archdale Building, however, which looks like a PlayStation 2 and was once described by Governor McCrory as appearing as though it was “built to protect the French coast from the Allied invasion,” would have to come down.

The Archdale Console

In a letter to Governor Roy Cooper, Representative Time Moore, and Senator Phil Berger, team owner Steve Malik requested to establish a public-private partnership between the State of North Carolina and the North Carolina Football Club. In the letter, Malik notes that soccer games are just one of many events that would be held at the stadium. “It will be marketed to attract a robust set of uses in professional, amateur, collegiate and youth sports including: soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and track and field. The venue will host festivals and concerts.” They also note that the Lessee is projecting an average of over 85 events per year, including 20 MLS soccer games.

A facility like this has the potential for turning an underutilized green space into the Raleigh equivalent of Durham’s Tobacco Road District. All we’d need is a killer water feature, something that looks to be included in these early renderings.

Goodnight Dusty’s

More than four months after the long-standing Dusty’s Service Shop at 502 W. Lenoir closed its doors for good, developer James Goodnight has begun renovating the property he purchased back in 2014.

We covered this back in our very first ITB Insider™ post, when we reported on site plans Goodnight had filed that would turn the old service garage into a new restaurant. Although scant details are available about this new eatery — we heard a rumor on Twitter (I know…) that the place was going to be called Raise Up.

On July 21, permits were issued to Ellington Contractors for “structural repairs to a vacant building.” Interestingly enough, it was the very same Ellington Contractors that worked to restore another old downtown building for Goodnight a few years back; the old Raleigh Industrial Bank at 200 South Salisbury, which is now home to Ashley Christensen’s Death & Taxes restaurant. We’re not sure if Goodnight is getting the entire band back together, but the fact that Ellington is involved — which did an incredible job at 200 S. Salisbury — is definitely a good sign.

Jaycee Park Gets More Comfortable

After opening a brand-new “dog run” in February, the City last week began work on a new picnic shelter and comfort station (bathroom) at Jaycee Park. The two must be related, right? Surely the massive influx of people drawn in by the dog run — which, as far as we can tell, is basically a smaller version of a standard dog park — has created such demand that the park had no choice but to expand.

In October 2016, a comfort station and a picnic shelter were torn down at Jaycee Park in order to make way for the dog run, which actually makes this a replacement rather than an expansion. The project is being done by the Beau Chene Company out of Raleigh for just over $400,000.

Today: Raleigh Rally to Win Over MLS

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Raleigh Rushes for MLS Bid

Our current professional soccer team, the North Carolina Football Club (NCFC), is rolling out the red carpet for Major League Soccer executives who are visiting Raleigh today to see if we should be given a bid to join their league.

The team will hold a public rally at 214 E. Martin Street in City Market at 5:00 pm to show MLS execs how badly we want to be an MLS team. During a morning press conference, NCFC owner Steve Malik will provide updates on the MLS bid process and progress towards a soccer stadium and entertainment center. That last part really sticks out. An “entertainment center” could mean anything. Could we be building a soccer stadium on top of the downtown canal? Could the entertainment center also be home to a future baseball team? Anything is possible.


If you haven’t been following this story, allow me to ITBring you up to speed.

1.) We have a professional soccer team in North Carolina.

2.) They were once called the “Carolina Railhawks” and they played in Cary. Surprisingly, the Town of Cary lifted the “all-beige ordinance” and allowed their field to be a natural green grass color.


3.) A guy named Jonny Steele played for the Railhawks. A few years ago, I met him through an ITB friend who was also on the team. Jonny Steele is one of the most legendary people I have ever met. That’s all I can say.

4.) Owner Steve Malik took over the team in 2015 and changed the team name to “North Carolina Football Club” or “NCFC” in December of 2016.

5.) Since 1929, the highest honor one could achieve while playing soccer was to play for Broughton.


6.) Major League Soccer is expanding their league and giving out bids. There are 12 other markets trying to get bids.

So where does Raleigh stand? We have a very impressive owner who wants an MLS team and wants it to play in a location where more people will attend games. He’ll be showing the MLS executives around Raleigh, meeting with local business leaders, and unveiling plans for a stadium. While I admire his efforts, I’m confused as to why we have to do any of this. If getting an MLS bid is anything like getting a Deb bid we shouldn’t even have to try. We’re from Raleigh. This is a birthright.

But, just to hedge our bets, I would encourage all Raleigh residents and soccer fans to show up at City Market today at 5:00 pm to show your support. I’ll provide more updates from the press conference that I’ll be attending, since I’m a media empire. Stay tuned.


Development Beat: Most Expensive ZIP Codes for Raleigh Renters, RLT Renovations

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Week of July 17, 2017

Most Expensive ZIP codes for Raleigh Renters

Raleigh Little Theatre Renovations

Glenwood Avenue’s “Palm Reader” House to be Torn Down

Two Roosters Ice Cream Opens

Chopt Plans Second Raleigh Location

Historic Teacherage Saved From Demolition

The Five Priciest ZIP Codes for Raleigh Renters

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure how expensive it is to rent in Raleigh? Fortunately, our friends over at RentCafe put together a list that breaks down the priciest ZIP codes for renting an apartment in North Carolina. Keep in mind, the average cost of an apartment in the U.S. is $1,300/month, and the average cost in North Carolina is $1,015. Sure, Charlotte has the top 3 ZIP codes on the list, but Finley says that just means their residents can’t afford to buy homes, which increases demand for apartments and thus increases the price of rent. Raleigh shows up four times in the top ten. Here are the top 5.

1.) 27605: $1,380/month: Home to everything from Broughton High School to half of Cameron Village, it should come as no surprise that this central part of the city is also the most expensive place to rent an apartment.

2.) 27603: $1,336/month: Encompassing a large chunk of south Raleigh, the second most expensive ZIP is mostly located outside the beltline. Although, it does creep up into downtown Raleigh.

3.) 27607 $1,311/month: Existing both inside and outside the beltline, this Zone Improvement Plan (ZIP is an acronym!) houses everything from the PNC Arena and the North Carolina Museum of Art to the NC State section of Hillsborough Street. We imagine the plethora of student housing helps keep the average rent a bit lower in this zone.

4.) 27601 $1,292/month: *The* core of downtown Raleigh, 27601 appears on the return addresses of everything from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This was probably the most surprising of all: we assumed core downtown would command the highest average rents. We think the rates were lower due to people not paying rent as a form of protesting DrunkTown, which brought down the average.

5.) 27614 $1,109/month: Located in southern Virginia, this zone is filled with neighborhoods named Swans Mill, Alpine Forest, and Meadow Branch, which could easily be mistaken for Yankee Candle scents. We assume it made the list just based on the sheer number of apartments that exist out there.

Raleigh Little Theatre Renovations

Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) is one of the oldest continuously running community theatres in the nation. Located near the lovely Raleigh Rose Garden, the facility could use a little work. After raising over $740,000 through a major gifts initiative, RLT can move forward with renovations to the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre. According to their plans, “Proposed renovations include an updated entry, accessible bathrooms, a box office and concession console, new finishes, signage to increase visibility, and a more open gathering area connected to the garden balcony via an operable glass wall. The results will be a clearer arrival sequence, box office and concession areas that are more visible, bathrooms that accommodate people of all abilities, and a gathering area that spills directly onto the garden balcony.”

Looking through lobby to the Rose Garden

in situ studio, a design-based practice in Raleigh that specializes in modern, sustainable architecture (as well as having an all lower case name which means they’re clearly more creative than you are), will handle the renovations.

Looking inside from the balcony

39 individual and eight institutions supported the project financially, along with the City of Raleigh, who made the largest contribution ($275,000) through its Capital Improvement Plan. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 7th. First Lady Kristin Cooper, Dickie Thompson of the Raleigh City Council, and a member of the theatre’s namesake family will speak at the ceremony. We’re hearing Bonner Gaylord and Stacy Miller may perform a few scenes from Hamilton, but that’s unconfirmed.

Two Roosters Opens

Two Roosters Ice Cream was so excited about their grand opening at Greystone Village in North Raleigh that they used six Instagram pictures to make the announcement. Six! Coincidentally, their grand opening was held on National Ice Cream Day. If you’re curious: July is officially National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday is National Ice Cream Day: as per a joint resolution signed into law by President Reagan in 1984.

New Office Building Planned for Glenwood Avenue

Glenwood Avenue’s infamous “palm reader” house is about to have its Life Line cut short. But did Raleigh’s “Best Psychic” Sister Sandra, who for years offered a range of spiritual services out of the building, see this coming?

All signs point to yes. After conducting a reading of the property’s Fate Line last year, Psychic Sandra must have decided it was time to sell the land to local real estate attorney Jeremiah Jackson. Originally built in 1957, the single-story, 1,745 square-foot house is the last remaining single family residential property facing Glenwood on that side of the street between Oberlin and the Beltline.

The plan is to transform the .63 acre lot into “low intensity office use” in the form of a two-story, 10,353 square-foot office building. Although the rezoning request was approved last year, development is still in the site plan review stage, which means it might be a little while before we say goodbye forever to the Palm Reader House. And if you’re curious: Sandra the Tarot Card Reader has relocated to a space further north on Glenwood that borders on Umstead National Park.


The only Chopt that matters.

Chopt, a salad-based chain restaurant whose name reminds us more of a reality cooking show than someplace whose only offering is “the food that my food eats,” will soon open a second Raleigh location at the North Ridge Shopping Center on Falls of Neuse.

We’re not sure what this says about Raleigh as a city, but the Cameron Village location operates out of what used to be a portion of the Village Draft House, while the new store will apparently be housed in the former home of Tribeca Tavern. Are salads more popular than beer? In Drunktown??

Historic Teacherage Saved From Demolition

Not the set of a horror movie.

The developers of the new Leesville Road Market Place in North Raleigh saw their dreams crushed by Raleigh’s Board of Adjustment last week, when a proposal to tear down an on-site teacherage structure failed to garner enough votes for approval.

Never heard of a teacherage? Prepare to get schooled. A teacherage is “a building designed to house one or more teachers or administrators on or near school grounds.” Apparently, the first teacherage was constructed in Hall County, Nebraska in 1894 at a cost of $1,000. Before teacherages became all the rage, teachers often found themselves living in the homes of their pupils. Not surprisingly, this arrangement didn’t work out.

Six teacherages were built in Wake County throughout the early 20th century. The Leesville Teacherage is one of only four remaining. Initially built in 1906 as a private residence, we were unable to locate the exact time frame of when this property was owned by Wake County Schools.

When the developer made plans for the new shopping center at the site, one of the conditions was that the teacherage be relocated. Despite “exhaustive efforts” a suitable site for relocation has not been found, and a letter from Raleigh’s Historic Development Commission, which had worked in the past with the owner to preserve the structure, stated that “Although demolition of the building is not the preferred solution, RHDC concurs that reasonable efforts are being made to preserve the Leesville Teacherage and supports a donation to THDC as well as documentation of the structure…should the building be demolished.”

That donation — $75,000 — would have gone toward preserving other historic structures in the community. In spite of all this, the developers will now need to find another way forward. Although the Board of Adjustment technically voted 3-2 in favor of the proposal, four votes were required for approval because tearing down the teacherage would have been considered a variance.

Screened In

Residents of the upscale Van Dyke apartments near Cameron Village will soon be welcoming a new addition: a side porch and an enclosure for an existing porch. The enclosure is apparently being installed as a result of too many residents tripping over an ill-placed ottoman and spilling over the side of the porch. David E. Looper & Company will be overseeing this $169,000 project.

Development Beat: Downtown Hotel Opens, ITB Shopping Center Sold for $10M

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Week of July 10, 2017

New Hotel Opens in Downtown Raleigh

Six Forks Shopping Center Sells for $10 Million

City Unveils Preliminary Bikeshare Location Map

One Glenwood Updates

Developer Pulls Plans for New Hillsborough Street Apartments

Mofu Shoppe Debuts at City Market

Brier Creek Harris Teeter Sets Grand Opening Date

Residence Inn Opens in Downtown Raleigh

The new 10-story Residence Inn at 616 South Salisbury Street, located next to the Raleigh Convention Center and across from the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium), opened last week. The 175-suite hotel will offer a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and one-bedroom corner king suites. Downtown Raleigh’s first new hotel in nearly five years brings with it “10th & Terrace” the “tallest and only full service rooftop bar in Downtown Raleigh.”

In addition to the rooftop bar, the hotel will also host a second-floor breakfast/dinner spot named The Overlook, expected to open to the public in August. Of course, the Residence Inn will also offer the usual host of amenities one would expect to find in any new upscale hotel: Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, business centers, and a gym. Since Residence Inn, which is owned by Marriott, operates as an extended stay hotel, its suites will also offer kitchenettes.

Construction on the hotel kicked off in late 2015, back when Raleigh was facing a serious shortage of downtown hotels. This looks to be a great addition to the downtown area, with some pretty amazing views from the rooftop bar.


Creekside Crossing Sells for $10 Million

The Creekside Crossing Shopping Center (who knew that’s what it was called?) at the intersection of Six Forks and Wake Forest was sold to Raleigh Creekside Crossing, LLC last week for a cool $10.1 million, per an announcement from the center’s previous owners.

The Continental Realty Corporation acquired the property in 2014 when it was anchored by a Staples, instead of a Planet Fitness. Last week CRC said that the 60,499 shopping center was at full occupancy at the time of sale, a drastic turnaround from the near-30 percent occupancy it was facing with the loss of Staples, which probably explains why CRC was able to sell it for nearly $4 million more than they purchased it for. For more information on the sale and the property, you can check out the sales brochure here.

The center is now co-anchored by Planet Fitness, Tuesday Morning, and Dollar Tree. If you’re wondering why Kroger was absent from this list of anchors, it’s simple: Kroger is considered a “shadow anchor” for Creekside. Aside from being the coolest real estate term I’ve heard all year, a shadow anchor is essentially a nearby business that draws a lot of traffic into a shopping center.

While Creekside Crossing was built in 1999, the Kroger building has been there since 1991, and the two parcels have always had different owners. So basically, the Kroger walks amongst the Creekside Crossing shops, but it is one of them.

While we don’t know much about the LLC that acquired the property, we are excited to see what this investor might have in store for Creekside Crossing’s future. Personally, I’m holding out for the return of Radio Shack.

City of Raleigh Debuts Bikeshare Map

More than three years after completing the master plan process for its new 300-bike, 30-station bike share system, the City of Raleigh has now made available a draft map proposing the future locations of these new stations.

While the map reveals a few “outlier” stations including locations at Meredith College and the North Carolina Museum of Art, the vast majority will be clustered around downtown, including one at the museums, another at Moore Square, a spot at the future Union Station, and, of course, a Dix Park location.

Downtown and nearby downtown locations
Hillsborough Street locations

The system is expected to be fully operational by Spring 2018. If not, we imagine the Mayor will be most displeased at the lack of progress. (That’s a Star Wars joke, people.)

Developers of One Glenwood Unveil Virtual Tour

It’s been five months since demolition work began at the old Blue Tower Restaurant spot at 605 Hillsborough Street to make way for the new One Glenwood project. Last week its owners put out an impressive promotional video offering a digital tour of the planned mixed-use development. Unfortunately, we can’t embed the video, but that’s why screenshots exist.

Developed by Heritage Properties out of Towson, Maryland, the 10-story, 219,500 square foot mixed-use commercial/office building at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Glenwood in downtown Raleigh will include 14,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and a 650-space parking deck on a separate site across W. Morgan Street.

Developer Pulls Plug on Hillsborough/Bagwell Project

A new apartment complex that would have been built on the corner of Hillsborough Street and Bagwell Street has been withdrawn. Despite winning approval of both the Planning Commission (a 9-0 recommendation) and the Wade Citizens Advisory Council (who voted 19 in favor, 9 against, 9 on the fence), City Council gave developers two weeks to decide if they could live with a 4 story building on the site. Hoping to build five stories, the developers requested a denial of their case. So instead of a $7M mixed use building, NC State students can continue to enjoy a decommissioned gas station turned auto-repair shop.

Pho Nomenal’s Mofu Shoppe Opens at City Market

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The highly anticipated sit-down restaurant offering from the phenomenally successful owners of the Pho Nomenal Dumpling food truck opened to rave reviews last week, earning an average of five stars on the social networking site Yelp.

The owners, who funded construction of the restaurant with the $50,000 they won on The Great Food Truck Race, are now offering downtown Raleighites a permanent spot to “enjoy the flavors of Asia,” offering dishes that are “inspired by the foods commonly eaten in several Asian countries and represent our identity in a unique way.” Check out more pics from, who attended the sneak peek event.

If A Store Opens In Brier Creek, Does Anyone Care?

The first phase of the new shopping center The Corners at Brier Creek is set to make its debut next week with the grand opening of a brand-new, 67,000 square-foot Harris Teeter. The ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at 8 a.m. on July 19, and the store will be offering “weeklong, in-store sampling” in celebration. Crowds are expected to be in the tens of people.

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