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Development Beat: Fixing Up Fallon’s, Kane Scales Back On Cabarrus

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Fixing Up Fallon’s Flowers

Kane scales back Cabarrus project

FastMed coming to former Father and Son Antiques building

Seaboard Wine Tasting (10/19)

The Cookie People coming to Mission Valley

City Market is getting a Top Chef

Updates on The Wade

Pullen Park train upgrades

Hope Jam Benefit Concert on Oct. 24th

NC Museum of History Halloween Party October 31st

Other News

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Fixing Up Fallon’s

Broughton’s corsage supplier and one of Raleigh’s oldest florists is getting a facelift. Located at 700 St. Mary’s Street, Fallon’s Flowers is undergoing work that includes an exterior facade repair, new lights, fencing, and retaining walls. The work is being handled by the local firm Bannerman Contracting Company. 

County records indicate the 5,965 square-foot, single-story brick building was constructed in 1950, and underwent its last major remodel in 1964. The property had been owned since 1928 by the Walton Family, who eventually sold the land to the owners of Fallon’s Flowers in 2017 for just under $3 million.

Fallon’s Flowers, which got its start on Fayetteville Street in 1920, now operates two Raleigh locations. In addition to the St. Mary’s spot, they have a location at 2731 Capital Boulevard. 

Kane Scales Back Cabarrus Project

Kane’s newest Warehouse District development is going to be a lot smaller than originally planned. Nearly a year after introducing plans for a mixed-use development on West Cabarrus Street, the company has scaled back on the project.

The rezoning case, filed in 2018, was withdrawn last month. It would have created a development with up to 500 residential units, 350,000 square feet of office space, and 50,000 square feet of commercial/retail space on the 6-acre property.

A recently filed administrative site review case calls for three six-story buildings that would house a mix of office, residential, and retail uses. Administrative site review cases go through a much simpler approval process than a rezoning case.

The site review case proposes a total of 330 residential units (marked as “single family” rather than apartments on the application); 270 of which would be one-bedroom, 55 two-bedroom, and five three-bedroom. About half of these units would be completed in 2021, with the remainder built out in 2022.

FastMed Coming To Former Father And Son Antiques Building

The former home of Father and Son Antiques will soon be home to a FastMed Urgent Care clinic and corporate office space, according to an exclusive announcement we obtained last week.

Located at 107 West Hargett Street, the historic building housed Father and Son Antiques for over 20 years. The building has been expanded to five stories and includes 25,500 square feet of office and retail space.

NAI Carolantic broker John Hibbits represented FastMed in the deal. According to the exclusive press release that we obtained via Twitter, FastMed expects the new downtown clinic and office to open by fall of 2020. FastMed Urgent Care operates over 100 locations in Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas.


Seaboard Wine Tasting 10/19

Our friends at Seaboard Wine at HighPark Village are hosting special guest Jeremy Reiter with Empire Distributing this Saturday, October 19th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Jeremy will be pouring a selection of new arrivals and store favorites for your fall festivities, including:

Fratelli Povero Roero Arneis; Piedmont, Italy
Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc; Sonoma, CA
Chateau Tour de Graves Blanc; Cotes de Bourg, France
Cantine Povero Dolcetto; Monferrato, Italy
Chateau de Javernand Chiroubles; Beaujolais, France
Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah; Livermore Valley, CA

On October 23rd, they’re hosting a Brunello Class with owner Alberto Passeri from Fattoria La Gerla in Montalcino, Italy. The class starts at 7:00 pm and tickets are $20. Reservations can be made here.

Their next fall Wine Class is on October 18th, and features South African wines. Classes are $39-$45 each and last from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm. You can buy tickets here.


The Cookie People Coming To Mission Valley

Gourmet home made cookies are coming to Mission Valley, according to our friends at York Properties.

The Cookie People (owners Darrin and April Morey) have been baking cookies and operating out of the State Farmer’s Market since 2008. They also operate a food truck and are available for catering.

The company uses the finest quality ingredients, including some from North Carolina. According to their website, “Our over-sized, soft and chewy, grandma-style cookies are nothing like store-bought. Our cookies start with dough we make locally from-scratch, minus additives and preservatives and using only the highest quality ingredients.”

City Market Gets A Top Chef

Instagram: @katsujitanabe

Chef Katsuji Tanabe, an award-winning chef and popular contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef” cooking show, plans to open a “live-fire” restaurant in City Market.

Tanabe, who currently owns six restaurants in the United States, told the News & Observer that his Raleigh restaurant will cook everything on wood-fired grills. The kitchen will house no stoves or ovens.

Fortunately for Tanabe, the space on Wolfe Street is already a near-finished restaurant, as the wood-fired concept Hearth Kitchen had begun construction before plans fell through. Tanabe’s restaurant should open by year’s end or early 2020.

Updates on The Wade

We can now confirm that exterior painting has begun on The Wade, our favorite condo project and the future home of ITBlake. Evidence gathered from Instagram also indicates that the cornice at the top of the building is almost complete. We should have more details on the rooftop amenity in the next few weeks. Contact Beacon Street Development for more information.

Going Off The Rails Of Pullen Park Train

Is Pullen Park getting high-speed rail? Anything is possible. For now, Raleigh is on track to make some improvements to the Pullen Park Railroad.

The job will require a lot of work, including removing asphalt and replacing it with concrete, removing and repairing railroad track, and much more. Judging by the bid documents, it looks like the work will need to be done by a firm that specializes in building and repairing railroad tracks, and not just a contractor who does standard road or steel work. Due to child labor laws, the City will unfortunately not be able to utilize the immense amount of free labor that roams the park each day. (The over/under on the number of complaints we get about that joke is set at 4. Place your bets before next week.)

We weren’t sure at first, as the specifications don’t indicate the need for a “specialty” contractor, but the Division 9 work (which usually deals with finishes to walls, floors and the like) details the need for ASCE Steel Rail. Only the finest for the smock-wearing 2-year-olds demanding that the train “go faster”. Work on the project isn’t likely to get underway until 2020. 

Hope Jam Benefit Concert At North Hills Oct. 24th

Hope Jam Raleigh will host a benefit concert featuring Mama’s Love on Thursday, October 24th at North Hills. The group has partnered with the Caribbean Youth Network to support Bahamian victims of Hurricane Dorian. Note: Billy McFarland IS NOT INVOLVED with this. This is a great organization that is simply raising money for victims of a devastating hurricane.

Local bands Midnight Snack and Steamroom Etiquette will kick off the show, which starts at 6:00 pm at the Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park. We still aren’t sure why the venue isn’t called “Bonneroo”.

Hope Jam Raleigh was created by Raleigh residents Kallie and Locke Walker and is run by a board of local young professionals who were struck by the devastation in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.

Tickets to the concert are on sale now at for $25 ($30 at the door). All proceeds go to the Caribbean Youth Network. This is a family-friendly concert where kids under age 10 are admitted free of charge. Alcohol will be available for purchase during the event and food trucks will offer a variety of dinner options.

NC Museum Of History Spooktacular Soiree

As a proud sponsor of this event, we’d like to remind everyone of how incredible it will be. The Spooktacular Soiree will be held at the NC Museum of History on Thursday, Oct. 31st from 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm.

We’ve received word that The Five Nines are practicing a cover of “Murder On The Dancefloor” which was made famous by the Felson’s (RIP) dancefloor. They also recently released an EP.

The event will feature a costume contest in the following categories: most historically accurate, funniest, and scariest. Attendees will enjoy live music, food, beer, and a speciality cocktail. More info available here.

Tickets are $35 for members of the museum ($45 for non-members). Money raised from this event directly supports the NC Museum of History.

Other News

New Exhibit Opens at Gregg Museum This Week
Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology: Shaping Our Genetic Futures opens this week at NC State’s Gregg Museum. Their website describes it as “a visually stunning and thought-provoking exhibition aimed at raising awareness about genetic engineering, biotechnologies, and their consequences through the lens of art and design.”

A multi-site exhibition, Art’s Work is shown at the Gregg, in the physical and digital display spaces of the NC State University Libraries, and on the grounds of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Raleigh Beer Garden and Wicked Weed Attempt World Record
Wicked Weed Brewing will partner with Raleigh Beer Garden to attempt a Guinness World Record for Largest Tap Takeover on October 19th.

Raleigh Beer Garden will be closed to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. while Guinness judges verify the total taps. Two ticket packages are available: General Admission and Rooftop VIP.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Hops for Hope; an event that raises funds for Children’s Flight of Hope. CFOH is a 501c3 organization providing air transportation for children to access specialized medical care. Get tickets here.

“While Raleigh Beer Garden already holds one Guinness World Record, we cannot wait to claim yet another,” said Raleigh Beer Garden owner Niall Hanley. “We are excited to welcome the Wicked Weed team and their amazing brews to Raleigh with open arms!”

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