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Oak Heart Vet grand opening at Dixie Trail this Saturday

STIR opens in North Hills

Seaboard Wine Summer Series

Smokey Hollow Publix set to begin construction

WeWork coming to downtown

Zambrero opening at One Glenwood

Plans filed for Olde Towne (Road)

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Summer Block “Pawty” at Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at Dixie Trail 

Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital invites local pet parents and their well-socialized and dog-friendly pups to celebrate the official start of summer – and the recent opening of their newest location in the Dixie Trail neighborhood of Raleigh – at a summer block “pawty” on Saturday, June 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The community event located at 3044 Medlin Drive will include guided tours of the hospital, a dog-friendly photo booth and keepsake photos from Classic Carolina Photobooths, complimentary food and beverages from Uninhibited Tapas Bar, as well as special treats that attendees can purchase for their dogs from Just 4 Dogs Mobile Dog Treats. Canine guests will also enjoy a bacon-flavored bubble machine, dog pools and a ball pit.

Additionally, all pet owners in attendance will receive one free veterinary exam that can be redeemed on a later date at Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at Dixie Trail.

For more information about the event and to RSVP, visit:

You can also RSVP on Facebook at:

STIR Opens In North Hills

STIR has opened on the ground floor of the Bank of America Tower in North Hills. While they offer oysters and seafood, let us not forget about the press release we received back in 2018 that included a full paragraph about artisanal ice:

“Using purified, artisanal ice that has been hand-cut to complement each one of their imaginative craft cocktails, STIR is bringing an intense focus on artisan ice and craft cocktails to Raleigh’s cocktail and dining scene. STIR uses the freshest ingredients available, refreshing food and beverage menus regularly to highlight seasonal delicacies and keep the creative juices flowing.”

It’s about time someone in Raleigh stepped up to the plate and delivered the artisanal ice we’ve all been demanding. Our long nightmare of cloudy, generic, plebeian ice is over. Praise be to Bonner.


Seaboard Wine Summer Series

Seaboard Wine’s summer series is kicking off this week. Get ready for a virtual wine tour of Europe’s “off the beaten path” wine regions and unique grape varietals. These are seated, guided tastings with eight wines, light snacks, interesting discussions of the wines, and lots of fun.

Thursday, June 20th from 7:15-8:30pm: “Czech This Out” with Jenn King

Sample some truly unique grape varietals from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and hear Jenn recap her travel exploits with Arielle, Jim, and Jared all while managing to stay out of jail and not breaking the internet.

Thursday July 25th from 7:15-8:30: “Obscure Loire” with Susan Slosman

Susan’s love of the Loire Valley and extensive wine knowledge will help you discover some of the more obscure Loire wine regions like Coteaux du Giennois, Savennières, Quincy, Coteaux du Layon and Reuilly. These are expressive and refreshing wines for the hot weather ahead.

Thursday, August 22nd from 7:15-8:30pm: “Sunny Sicily” with Doug Diesing

Aside from eating his body weight in octopus and raw shellfish while in Sicily, Doug also sampled some of the finest Italian wines in his career. “Varietals like Nerello Mascalese, Catarratto, Grillo, Frappato and Zibibbo have forever changed my wine preferences, and I believe they may change yours as well.” said Diesing.

You can sign up for individual classes or a package of all three. Classes are $39 each or a package of all three for $99. They start promptly at 7:15 and end at 8:30. Get your tickets here.

Smokey Hollow Publix To Begin Construction

Work will soon begin on the Publix on the ground floor of the Smokey Hollow/Peace & West development in downtown Raleigh.

While permits were issued in February 2018 to Clancy & Theys for the construction of the 11-story shell building at 417 West Peace, it is believed that work could be underway within a month on the fit-out for the grocery store itself.

The permits were actually applied for back in December 2018; no contractor was listed, but the estimated value was nearly $4 million. The layout of the Peace & West Publix may be a sort-of prototype that “marries its deli-forward urban model with a more traditional grocery store.” These prototypes were covered by the Miami Business Journal late last year. (Don’t worry – it’s not paywalled!)

Either way, we can’t wait to see what it looks like when it finally opens, which could be happening as soon as the Spring of 2020.


WeWork Coming To Downtown

Permits were recently issued for Raleigh’s first WeWork, a company that provides “shared workspaces for technology startup subculture communities, and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, small businesses and large enterprises.”

Located at One Glenwood, the permits don’t say how much square footage WeWork will take up. The website lists private offices with the ability to seat between 21-50 people for a monthly rate of $10,700. For $350/month, you gain access to desk space in the common area.

The new space is described on the WeWork website as: “Housed in a brand new building that straddles hip Glenwood South and the vibrant Warehouse District, WeWork One Glenwood puts your business at the crossroads of creativity and culture. Here, custom murals and art-filled interiors complement the area’s lively maker scene, inspiring teams to think differently and color outside the lines.”

If that doesn’t make you want to leverage synergies to maximize KPIs and holistically optimize the cloud, we don’t know what will.

Zambrero Opening At One Glenwood

The restaurant chain equivalent of TOMS shoes will soon be making its way to One Glenwood, as Zambrero plans to open its first North Carolina location in downtown Raleigh.

Describing itself as “Mexican with a mission,” the chain currently operates out of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Per the company website, “With every burrito or bowl purchased, a meal is donated to someone in need.”

While Raleigh certainly has no shortage of Mexican restaurants, Zambrero seems to set itself apart not only with its do-gooder business model, but a stricter focus on healthy menu items that include vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

Olde Towne (Road) Development

A subdivision plan has been filed for stage one of the Olde Towne (Road) Development. This follows the approval last fall of a rezoning case that involved the redevelopment of a nearly 600-acre parcel of land in Southeast Raleigh.

This neighborhood is not to be confused with the Oldtowne Road located outside the beltline, recently photographed by Hayes Permar of SportsChannel8 and Podcast Raleigh.

The Olde Towne site, near the intersection of Rock Quarry Road and New Hope Road, was originally set to be developed by Greystone Development as a golf-course community known as Olde Towne. Greystone had begun clearing the land but eventually abandoned the project.

The new Olde Towne will develop the land into a mix of single-family housing, restaurants, retail, and a grocery store. Last year’s rezoning case freed the new developer, the Halle Building Group, from a requirement that any new development include a golf course.

The subdivision plans call for the development of eight separate housing areas spread out across 240 acres. Zoning conditions placed on the property limit the number of housing units to 1,700, and the only type of multifamily housing allowed is a 300-unit 55+ apartment building.

We imagine construction will begin on phase one by the end of this year, but it’s hard to say when it might be ready for residents to take their horses to the olde towne road, where they’re gonna ride ’til they can’t no more.

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