Friday, July 22, 2016

Cameron Village Spotlight: J. Alane's Fine Lingerie

Cameron Village offers a wide variety of specialty boutiques. One of these specialty boutiques includes J. Alane's Fine Lingerie. J. Alane's has gained the reputation as the premier bra fit specialists in the Triangle area. J. Alane's has been in the Raleigh area for nearly 11 years and just recently moved to a new spot in Cameron Village near Cantina 18.

At J. Alane's, they believe that a woman’s outer appearance and healthy self-confidence are rooted in wearing the right and proper fitting undergarments. They take pride in offering personal service to each of their customers and make it a priority that your bra fitting is a positive and fun experience. They will teach you not only proper bra fit, but how to take care of your lingerie in a way that will extend the life of your purchases as well as why you should build a wardrobe of bras just as you would a wardrobe of clothes.

In addition to the bras, J. Alane’s also carries several lines of luxury lingerie, shape wear, bridal lingerie, sleepwear, lounge wear and robes. While most of their products are from Europe and may be a little more expensive than what you pick up at the local department store, the quality is substantially higher and the bras will last longer. However they do try to carry a wide price range of bras to meet all budgets. Make a point to stop in to this specialty boutique and check out their beautiful new space during your next visit to Cameron Village.

HOURS: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday: Closed
LOCATION: Daniels Street












#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner with Cameron Village over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2016 Summer Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Thanks also to NC Photographer Glory Rose for assisting with photography.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cameron Village Spotlight: Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel

Consignment shopping has always been one of my favorite ways to shop for clothing since I was in college. I love being able to sell nice clothing still in great condition that I no longer wear or fit and make a little money to buy something new. There are many great consignment boutiques in Raleigh and one of my favorite shops has always been Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel in Cameron Village.

Fifi's is a unique one-stop excursion for consignors and shoppers alike - A truly "cooperative" approach to selling and shopping. Fifi's offers many high-end fashion brands that cater to fashionable women of all ages.  Some of these familiar brands include Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Madewell, J. Crew, Lily Pulitzer, and Free People, as well as high end designers such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and so many more! The store is well organized and it's easy to find specific brands or types of clothing, shoes, bags, accessories and more!

Fifi's has been located in the heart of Cameron Village for almost five years. It's good to shop Fifi's often because new items are always coming in and there can be some great deals you don't want to miss! And the best thing is how easy it is to consign! Fifi's does not require appointments for consigning. They also offer a 50% off sale on select merchandise daily! Also important to note, in mid August Fifi's will begin accepting FALL consignment!!

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: 2028 Cameron Street








NC locally made jewelry by Amelia Lu Lynch, Feather & Stone




#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner with Cameron Village over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2016 Summer Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Thanks also to NC Photographer Glory Rose for assisting with photography.

Friday, July 15, 2016

NC Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Delivered to the Door - The Produce Box

One of the best things about summer is fresh delicious local produce! I have a fruit/vegetable stand nearby but it is limited and getting to the Farmer's Market is not always easy to do with busy schedules. I prefer to buy from local farms and sometimes options are limited (and expensive) at my local grocery stores.

Last week I got to try out The Produce Box, a locally owned Raleigh business that delivers boxes of fresh produce along with other select local items like meats, cheeses, and much more. The Produce Box releases a menu on Fridays with what's currently in season and available and you can specify what you would like delivered or you can choose one of their prepacked boxes. Once you order, the box is delivered to your doorstep weekly!

Ordering/Pricing: There are several types of boxes to choose from that generally feed 3-4 people. (The box we received was called the Sprout Box and it's a smaller box for 1-2 people). You can go online and select your box and what you want in your box. All items are from local NC farms all over the state and boxes are affordable and arrive weekly but are easy to skip if you are traveling or have other things happening. There are additional produce and artisan menus that you can add to your box (for an additional cost). There is a one time membership fee of $18.

What was in my box: My box arrived at the front door and contained sweet summer corn, blueberries, tomatoes, cantaloupe, yellow squash, zucchini, green pepper and potatoes. A nice variety of fruit and vegetables. Everything was ripe and ready to eat. We cooked up the corn, tomatoes and the squash that night for dinner. The cantaloupe was super ripe (the kids enjoyed that) and the blueberries were delicious with our breakfast yogurt and snacking.  My potatoes are still in the kitchen and I will probably add those to our dinner tonight when we grill out.

My thoughts overall: Can't really beat the convenience of local produce delivered to the door, good pricing and options to add or change items in the box is a bonus. Also the option to skip over a week when traveling or perhaps a time of year when the produce is not likely to be the family's favorites. I'd be interested in trying cheeses and meats and other local products as well. The website offers up lots of recipes if you want healthy and creative suggestions on how to use your produce. Shortens my grocery list at the store and allows me to support local farmers and artisans, which is something we as a family are passionate about.

If you are interested in trying the Produce Box, click here and use the promo TONYAD
to get FREE ENROLLMENT ($18) (for the first 5 who enter that code!)

Even the cat likes it!








Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cameron Village Spotlight: Kannon's Women's Clothing

100 years. That's a very long time in the retail business and a statement few businesses can make these days. Kannon's Clothing store originally opened in Wendell in 1916 by Isaac George Kannon and this year they celebrate 100 years in the business of fine clothing for men and women. 2016 also brought Kannon's Women's Store to Cameron Village this past March.

The new store is spacious, bright and airy and you can find clothing for women of all ages and for all types of events. Whether you are looking for resort wear, sportswear or preparing for a formal wedding or important social event, Kannon's Clothing prides themselves on top notch customer service, a wide variety of high quality apparel and helping you dress for any occasion from head-to-toe.

Many of the sales staff have been with the business for years and have worked with generations of customers. They know their customers well and spend time with them making sure they find the right fit and the right look. Superior customer service is their reputation. The move to Cameron Village allows them to be in a location alongside other sophisticated boutique shopping. It allows for new customers to discover them in Raleigh and their Wendell customers have been happy to come see them in their new location, as well as customers from all around North Carolina. They are also close to the Kannon's Men's Store also located in Cameron Village.

Be sure to visit their beautiful store soon for your next special occasion and wish them a happy 100!


Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm, Sunday: Closed
Location: 2015 Cameron Street
















#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner with Cameron Village over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2016 Summer Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Thanks also to NC Photographer Glory Rose for assisting with photography.