Saturday, February 23, 2013

Father & Son(day) Funday

Last Sunday over breakfast we discussed what we could do with our, maybe a long walk? The kids immediately jumped in and suggested we go downtown to Father & Son Antiques! They had been in the store one time before, but we had walked in about ten minutes before it was closing so that left little time to check out the store's amazing collections of all things "retro". 

We decided to go and checked their Sunday hours and headed downtown to explore. Not only did we spend time on the main floor that extends quite a ways back into the shop, we also discovered two more levels of rooms upstairs! Rooms full of vintage clothing for men and women and additional room full of art and old music albums. The very top level is an art gallery with different artists featured. So much to check out!

Walking through Father & Son Antiques takes me back to my childhood in the 70s and 80s with many familiar items.  Its also pretty fun to see the kids get excited about phones with cords, eight track tapes, and metal lunch boxes. Lots of great paintings on black velvet too! 

If you're into vinyl, there's an amazing collection we discovered upstairs.  A room you could probably get lost in for hours, going through tons of music albums from the old days.

The owners are very nice and approachable. Their facebook page often features great vintage  furniture pieces  that come into the store and probably doesn't stay around too long. The location is convenient if you want to do lunch or dinner in Raleigh.  There are many restaurants within walking distance of the store. Parking is not hard because there are several parking garages and street parking near the store.

So, next time you need a little Sunday Funday, head over to Father & Son Antiques and see what treasures you can find!

Location: 107 W  Hargett St, downtown Raleigh. Sunday hours: 1-5pm

Men's vintage clothing upstairs.

So many fun trinkets everywhere.

Upstairs treasure trove of vinyl.

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More men's clothing upstairs.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Coming Soon! Raleigh Brewing Company

Looks like Raleigh Brewing Company  will be opening their doors in March! Another great spot for enjoying local brews in Raleigh. We popped in about a week ago hoping to catch a glance of what's happening at Raleigh Brewing Company.

The brewery is just off Hillsborough Street at 3709 Neil Street, tucked back off the road a bit, but easy to recognize when you find it. Its nearly a straight shot down Faircloth Street, from Wade Avenue. We stepped inside and were immediately impressed with the size and openess of the tap room. Its going to be a great spot to hang out and the size of the tap room definitely lends itself to all kinds of events possibly being hosted there as well.

Kristie Nystedt, President and CEO was there and was happy to greet us and give us a quick little tour of the facility. There is ample space for all their brewing equipment and access to their brewing supply store, making it easy for local brewers to shop and pick up supplies.

Raleigh Brewing will open in March with six beers on tap. John Federal, the General Manager, Brewer and Beer Guru,  was busy working on a batch of beer in the brew room as we spoke.

I think Raleigh Brewing Co, is in a great spot with close proximity to the PNC Arena, NC State and Meredith and its also VERY close to one of my new favorite spots to hang out on Wade Avenue, Ridgewood Wine and Beer Co. Took like  two minutes to get from one to the other!

Looking forward to hearing more from these guys and  spreading the word when Raleigh Brewing Company opens their doors! (Not to mention sampling the Rye IPA, one of my favorites!!)

Thanks again for letting me drop in!!

Tap Room work in progress.

Front entrance.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

FREE Bagels @ Bruegger's!

Just a reminder to get out tomorrow morning and enjoy a free bagel and cream cheese from your neighborhood Bruegger's Bagels and help them ring in 30 years of making  bagels!!

In order to pick up your free bagel tomorrow, you need to go to their Facebook page and print out a coupon for the bagel or join their email club on their website. You can even show the coupon on your smartphone!

We had a lot of fun last week getting a personal tour at our local Bruegger's and meeting the Executive Chef Philip Smith from Vermont. I appreciated the invite and meeting up with other local bloggers in the Raleigh area.
Ever wonder what to do with leftover bagels? Check out Bruegger's page for lots of delicious recipes.  I never knew they had recipes for bagels. It never occurred to me the options we have for leftover bagels. We sampled this  delicious Smoked Salmon and Dill Strata that would be awesome for a Sunday brunch.

Happy 30th Bruegger's!  Get out and enjoy your free bagel tomorrow!