Saturday, August 25, 2012

WE has arrived.

Finally. It's here! Almost completing my wish list of shopping available to the Raleigh/Durham area (still holding out for a CB2!). West Elm arrived in style this week to the Raleigh/Durham area among great excitement. West Elm  had a fun and successful grand opening earlier this week and I'm sure the weekend will have the store PACKED with shoppers. West Elm has long been one of my favorite stores and walking through my house you will find many pieces that I have ordered ONLINE throughout the years. I wasn't sure it would expand to our area so I was thrilled when it arrived at Streets of Southpoint. It's in a great location outside the mall and is now helping to create a one-stop shop for home goods. The line up along with WE, includes Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, Restoration Hardware, Crate and Barrel, Anthropology and Urban Outfitters. (Sur la Table will be joining the lineup soon. More on that later....)

I loved how they partnered with Durham's SEEDS project for their grand opening and instantly linked themselves to the community. I  hope they continue the local efforts and I also hope they plan to have lots of in-store events for designing/decorating the home, etc. Teachers and students can get a 10% discount anytime they shop in the store.

Welcome to Raleigh/Durham, West Elm!!

Portion of opening sales going to local Seeds program in Durham.

Greeted at the door with a nice FREE canvas bag!

Great home accessories neatly displayed.

Creative kitchen goods.

Felt like I could start cooking right there in the store!

Monday, August 6, 2012

END OF SUMMER "(would like) To Do" LIST

Hmm, what to do? Here's some things I'm hoping to get to before summer has faded away...

Daily Planet Cafe local beer selecti

  • Check out the new NC Museum of Life and Science. My kids have been there but I still haven't been inside. Also want to check out the Daily Planet Cafe.

  • The new and improved Pullen Park! The kids are getting bigger but I still think they'd get a kick out of it (plus I heard the food offerings there are very good!)
Newly discovered Dress. consignment boutique.
courtesy of Season Moore Photography


Bulls double-header.

  • Durham Bulls game (check.)
  • Quick trips to Mother Earth Brewing (check.) Richmond (check.) and Asheville, NC.

Mother Earth Goodness.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Summertime, and the living's easy...NOT!

I actually thought that once school was out, the days would be long and lazy and we'd start to enjoy a simpler, slower pace for a while.  Not so!!  Between swim team meets, practices, traveling, my work schedule, balancing clients and kid camps,  summer has been about as busy as the school schedule we were so anxious to break away from! 

Now, it's August and I'm determined to slow it down and make plans to explore some new things we've been wanting to try. Even though we've been busy, we have recently enjoyed some great food around Raleigh in some new and old locations. 

Here are a few recent food favorites:

Sola Coffee
Sola Coffee Cafe - relatively new and making a big splash in North Raleigh! The food and coffee is always delicious. Just recently I cooled off with the Sola Shake. A delicious combination of expresso, ice cream (!), and some honey. Signature sandwiches are always great and they continue to impress with their involvement in the community and local efforts. They've also done a great job with Social Media to get their name out there.

Gonza Tacos y Tequila
Gonza Tacos y Tequila - Located in the same shopping center as Sola, this mexican restaurant is amazing. When we went, the line was out the door! It's definitely in high demand but it didn't take very long for us to get seated outside. The steak tacos are fabulous (I am a big fan of the steak tacos at Dos Taquitos as well, and these were just as good.)

Bella Monica - Located off of Edwards Mill,in the Olde Raleigh Village shopping center,  has been around for a long time and I was amazed at the business they were doing on a Monday night!! Great food, great service and the place was buzzing with activity. They also do Gluten-free which is of more interest to me these days...We will be back.

Beasley's Chicken and Honey
Beasleys - Beasley's is fast becoming one of our family favorites for restaurants. The kids love it and the food is always good. Fun people watching, inside and out. Its a treat for the kids to share an order of chicken and waffles and an icy cold soda in a bottle. There's always a new side dish or main to try out. Generally busy but never seems to take too long to get seated and served.