Wednesday, June 19, 2019

THE WADE: Modern, Classic + Thoughtful Residential Living Coming Soon to Downtown Raleigh

This week I got a sneak peek at a new residential development going up in the heart of downtown Raleigh, THE WADE. It's exciting to see a new residential building so thoughtfully designed and ideally suited to its location. The classic architecture of The Wade, breathes in the history of Raleigh best buildings, placing itself in a stunning neighborhood, providing a unique options for downtown Raleigh living. 

The Wade is a five-story luxury condominium building consisting of 29 residences and is located at the corner of St Mary’s Street and Wade Avenue, in historic Hayes Barton. The location is perfect for downtown living, with close proximity to shops, restaurants, arts and parks. Residents can enjoy short walks along tree-lined streets to nearby Cameron Village or Five Points.

The Wade is inspired by classic pre-war residential architecture but enjoys modern upscale interiors, including 10' ceilings, and bright, naturally lit open floor plans. Each home includes a covered patio and the building will feature a beautifully landscaped rooftop terrace with expansive views stretching from North Hills to downtown Raleigh. A beautiful lounge/ Owners Retreat area will greet owners and guests on the main floor and the building also has a dedicated fitness room. The grounds will host lush landscaping, including a rose garden and pocket park under the canopy of mature oak trees, providing plenty of shade and privacy.

With 60% of the building already sold out, the project is on schedule for an Early Fall completion date. I'm looking forward to going back when everything is done to see the homes and building complete. I've included a few 'in progress' pictures from my visit this week.

Go to for more info and to contact the sales office

Rendering of covered porch.

Rendering of living space with fireplace and built in bookshelves.

Rendering of kitchen.

Location is key to so many great places and things to do in downtown Raleigh!

Thank you Beacon Street for the invite to tour the residences as they are in development and look forward to seeing them when the building and grounds are complete! 

Friday, June 14, 2019

10 Awesome Last Minute Father's Day Gifts + Attention Paddlesports People! Get to Great Outdoor Provision Co at Cameron Village

Great Outdoor Provision Co. is a specialty outdoor retailer based in North Carolina founded in 1972. GOPC is filled with gear and clothing for life outside, Great Outdoor Provision Co. is committed to personalized retail encouraging consumers to try on, get fitted, compare and contrast, touch and feel products, and interact with staff who know and go outdoors!

We have enjoyed shopping for gear and outdoor items for many years now in Cameron Village. The staff is always friendly an very knowledgeable in all things outdoors. It got me thinking this is the perfect place for awesome Father's Day gifts and today I'm sharing my top ten gifts for Dad on the blog.
They will even gift wrap your purchase for FREE!

Another bit of great info I'm sharing today... if you are interested in paddlesports this Summer GOPC has an event June 20th where you can test "drive" a boat of your choice at Lake Crabtree Park. Just RSVP and let them know what boat you are interested in trying out.

LOCATION: 2017 Cameron Street Raleigh
HOURS: Monday - Friday: 10am - 9pm, Saturday: 9am - 6pm, Sunday: 12pm - 6pm
TRIANGLE BOAT DEMO: email with the boats you are interested in.


1. Get Dad who needs a break an Eno.

2. YETI coolers and tumblers are a fantastic and useful gift for thirsty and hungry Dad.

3. OLD GUYS RULE t-shirts and caps are great for fun Dad.

4. PATAGONIA makes amazing gourmet provisions for outdoor dining Dad.

5. Get dad a chair that ROCKS, literally! Check out the GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker.

6. Guaranteed to love this, a utility belt for dad that works for everything from ARCADE.

7. Traveling + safety Dad needs a SECRID RFID secure minimalist wallet that protects from digital pickpocketing and identity theft!

8. Hawaiian shirts are all the rage and HOWLER BROTHERS has some great hats and shirts.

9. Fabulous flip flops from OLUKAI for Dad who loves the beach.

10. Environmentally aware dad will love the HYDROFLASK!

Great Outdoors Provision Company is the one-stop shop for all things paddlesports. From SUP's to Fishing boats, they've got everything you need including life jackets and accessories including all the proper equipment you need to transport your boat!

If you are new to the sport or looking to buy a boat of any shape or size, mark your calendars for June 20th for an opportunity to try out the boat you are interested in! Just RSVP to or call them at (919) 833-1741 and let them know what type of boat you are interested in demoing. They will have the boats available at Lake Crabtree County Park on June 20, 4-7pm. This is a great way to try out the boat you are interested on the water!

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this SPRING to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Spring trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Gift Giving! Some of my Favorite Gifts from The Local Squirrel - Cameron Village

May and June are probably the busiest months for gift giving second to December! It's a time of high school and college graduations, baby and bridal showers, engagements, weddings, Father's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays and more!

The Local Squirrel is your destination for all things gift. Whether it’s a present for yourself or a friend, they carry a curated selection of jewelry, home goods, and small accessories. Proprietor Rachael Riddle, a Raleigh native, is excited to showcase her collection of local and national vendors to Cameron Village. You’re sure to always find that unique something you didn’t know you needed. 

I decided to stop by and snap a few photos of some of my favorite gift ideas from The Local Squirrel in Cameron Village. Rachael has amazing taste and finds unique and almost always locally made gifts that are just perfect for all the gift giving occasions this time of year. Her boutique features everything from locally made art, jewelry and home wares to really unique, quality and meaningful gifts for the new bride, graduate, new mother, baby and more. Her store is SO cute and easy to shop. There's an adorable room on the side of her shop, dedicated to all things newborn baby 1 year and under. You can find really unique and clever baby gifts, clothing, art and lots of adorable items for the nursery.

She's also curated a great collection of items in her shop from books to bar ware to specialty pieces like handmade art, candles and jewelry. The range of items in her store is wide while keeping it creatively organized and easy to shop. If you are like me, you can spend a lot of time here with so many great things to shop and discover!

Stop by The Local Squirrel soon and get all your special gifting needs done here (can be gift wrapped too!) and also be proud you are supporting great local Raleigh businesses and artists!

HOURS: Monday-Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm, Sunday: 1-5pm
LOCATION: 2014 Cameron Street, Raleigh  PHONE: 919-610-3400

FUN UPCOMING IN-STORE EVENT: Pet Portrait + Prosecco with Julia Hall McQueen on June 15 from 10-11am. Tickets are for sale here Customers will learn watercolor techniques to watercolor their own Pet Portrait hand illustrated by Julia Hall McQueen. There will bubbly and each participant gets a $10 Local Squirrel Gift Certificate with their ticket purchase!

ALSO: Rachael is currently seeking local Raleigh artists to feature their work in her store! If you are an artist interested in showcasing your work, Follow her to see artwork and DM her on Instagram @thelocalsquirrel.



Handmade by a talented Meredith College student, she's got lots of local colleges represented!

Locally made leather goods.





These exquisite accessory bags make a great gift!


#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village this SPRING to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2019 Spring trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!