Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hosting a Holiday Lunch, Dinner or Cocktail Party? Check out Cantina 18's Newest Event Space in Cameron Village

Looking for a fun new place to host your company Christmas lunch, dinner or cocktail party this month? Need a fresh new place to host a company meeting?  In case you didn't know already, the newly renovated Cantina 18 in Cameron Village has a great private dining room available upstairs that can seat 10-30 people or 50+ standing. If your group is larger then that, you can rent out the entire upstairs level of Cantina 18 (if available) which can hold up to 150.

The second-floor private dining room at Cantina 18 includes a dedicated bar and private restroom. Large sliding doors can shut the room off for privacy from the main restaurant.

  • DINNER: Guests can create their meal by choosing a dish from one of three appetizers, five entrees and three desserts.
  • LUNCH: Offer your group lunch featuring a one or two-course menu with an an option of an entree and/or dessert.
  • APPETIZERS for your COCKTAIL PARTY: Ideal for standing events, our hors d’oeuvres are tray-passed by our staff or placed on the table for your guests to enjoy.
  • LIGHT BUFFET:  Ideal for standing events or seated events. Make-your-own fajita/taco bar.
  • A variety of beer, wine and liquor options are available to fit your budget.

To check availability and book your special occasion contact our Event Coordinator: Priya Smith
(919) 861-4318, events@18seaboard.com


Read more about Cantina 18 from my October post. Also, be sure and make some time to try their specialty sangria drinks, the Pear Ginger White Wine Sangria, and the Cranberry Spice Sangria (special drink prices on Friday!)

Perfect for a holiday shopping break in the Village!

#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 Fall + Winter 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! 

433 Daniels Street
Hours: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday morning 11-2pm

Friday, November 25, 2016

10 Holiday Gift Guides + Ideas from The Local Squirrel

Gift Certificates available as well as wrapping!
Black Friday.  Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. Whatever the day, it's clearly time to start shopping for all those unique individuals on your holiday gift list!  I've partnered with Rachael from The Local Squirrel in Cameron Village to feature some of my FAVORITE gift ideas! Her store is a one-stop shop for just about everyone on your list! She has carefully curated a fabulous collection of unique and special gift items in a wide range of prices. Everything from jewelry, home wares, clothing, art and much more by local area artists as well as small businesses from all over the USA.

We had a lot of fun this week putting together a range of items for 10 different GIFT GUIDES with some ideas to help you find the perfect gift for every personality type on your list this year!



Belt bags by Beau & Ro Bag Co., Rifle Paper Co. Journal, Rustico Technology Roll and Passport Covers. The Odyssey round Beach Towel by Cultured Me, Sign by Belle & Union Co.


Porch Fly Clothing Onesies, Handmade beanie hats from The Local Squirrel, Bib and Hangers by Empress Arts, Goat Trophy head by Karma Living.


Coasters and Wine bags from Napa Home & Garden, Coast & Cotton Tea Towels, Cheese Picks by Belle & Union Co and Creative Co-op, Dish by Raleigh Pretty Penny & Co.


Hair tie bracelet by Maria Shireen, Colorful Clutches by Shiraleah, Poof Key Chains by The Local Squirrel, Pom Pom Hat by C.C., Chokers by The Local Squirrel.


NC personalized sign by local business Millwood Art in Raleigh, Koozie, Lighter Case and Dopp Kit by Rustico, City of Oaks Candle and NC Shirt by local business Porch Fly Clothing.


Picture frame by Shiraleah, White Pineapple by Creative Co-op, Napkin rings and Gold Pineapple by Two's Company, Napkins by Belle & Union Co.


Wine tote bag and coasters by Beau & Ro Bag Co., local artist Nan Jones framed artwork, grid notepaper by Rifle Paper Co.


Rolling Pin by Creative Co-Op,  Mint Julep Recipe Tea Towel by Belle & Union Co, local award winning Chef Ashley Christensen's new Poole's cookbook, Spatula and Sign by Creative Co-Op.


Rustico portfolio and Ipad case, locally owned Raleigh based PepperTrain necklace, Mug by Shiraleah, and Rifle Paper Co planners.


The Local Squirrel carries the exclusive Joanna Gaines Magnolia Homes Pillows! Drinking Glasses and Laser Cut Slate Memo Board, Chalk and Cactus by Creative Co-Op.

U N I Q U E  I T E M S
I wanted to also highlight a couple of additional cool + clever gifts that I found that I thought were unique.

The original Maria Shireen HairTie Bracelet! Just add your hair tie!

Hand Painted Ornaments by local artist Lyndsey Jones

Handmade Raleigh South Candle

PepperTrain necklace and Rustico Portfolio
LOCATION: 2012 Cameron Street
HOURS: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sunday: 1-5 pm

#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 Fall/Winter Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping and dining local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Raleigh Holiday Outing! Get Family + Friends to NCMA for Rolling Sculpture Exhibit

The holidays are here and it's time to entertain visiting family and friends! Need a great idea to get everyone out and about? Take them to the Rolling Sculpture exhibit at the NC Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through January 15, 2017. The 14 cars and 3 motorcycles offer stunning design details of the Art Deco period of the 20s, 30s and 40s. All generations will appreciate the sleek and unusual designs of these luxurious one of a kind vehicles. There were no limitations put on the design of these cars and some were only concepts, but elegance reigned supreme over economy and efficiency. This is an amazing opportunity to see some very rare and unique vehicles from that glamorous period in time.

SHOP: Stop in to the gift store and find related merchandise, books and art deco-inspired pieces that make the perfect gift for the art, design or car lover on your list!

Need some inspiration? Check out this awesome Spotify Playlist that NCMA has created in honor of this exhibit.

LEARN: Be sure to check out the fascinating timeline outside the exhibit that walks you through all the different milestones of that era, including movies, art, literature, science & history being made.

After checking out the exhibition, be sure to stop and take a "selfie" in a 1938 Delahaye 135M Figoni Roadster cut-out, and be sure to share on social with the hashtag #NCMAcars.

Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–5 pm
Friday 10 am–9 pm
Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
Monday Closed

TICKETS: Grab your tickets here! This exhibit is not to be missed!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

CV Trend Report: Lifestyle Shoes + Breakfast Runs in Cameron Village

So first things first, I am NOT a runner. But, I have a lot of runner friends (Hello, @TriangleExplorer and @RUWandering, @BeerandRacing) and I wanted to let Raleigh area runners and walkers know about Capital RunWalk, a fantastic running store in Cameron Village.

I was in there Saturday and the place was busy and the staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful whether you are a newbie or a pro. They are there to help get you into the right pair of shoes, young and old.

I happened to be shopping for what they are now calling "Lifestyle" shoes. These lightweight, comfortable shoes are in high demand. I was looking for a pair to prepare for a lot of walking on a big trip I have coming up very soon. Of course I wanted them to be fashionable as well as functional. They need to be easy to pack. They need to be good for workouts but also for brunch out with foodie friends. These lifestyle shoes are currently in demand and are trending all black versus color for the Fall/Winter.

Jon from Capital RunWalk showed me a new shoe on the market that is moving quickly off the shoe shelves. They are called The Cloud All Black by ON Running, a running shoe that is lightweight, fully cushioned and minimal while remaining a great traditional shoe for running and walking. They are like running on clouds as they say and are Swiss made. Capital RunWalk is one of the few places carrying them currently in Raleigh. Stop by soon and check them out!

As well as being a great running store, (including apparel, nutrition, recovery, and electronic accessories) Capital RunWalk does Saturday morning "Breakfast Runs" on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. Start time is 7:00am and they head to get breakfast following the run. They welcome all levels of runners! Both Liquid State (20%) and Rise Donuts Cameron Village (10%) offer the run group a discount on their purchases.

2nd Saturday - Liquid State
4th Saturday - Rise Biscuits and Donuts

Rise Biscuits & Donuts Cameron Village

Coffee & Muffins from Liquid State

Looking to join a run club? Capital RunWalk aims to keep Raleigh healthy!  Weekly runs are on Tuesday nights at 6:00pm. Sometimes vendors come out every other run, and might discuss a new product, or have demos for people to try and the occasional swag for attendees.

More runner info: The City of Oaks Marathon is this Sunday, November 6th! Get more info here CityofOaksMarathon.com

Coming Up: November is National Runner Safety month. There will be a scheduled night run where everyone wears bright, reflective apparel/accessories, and glow sticks!

Finally, look out for their Annual Holiday run, with ugly Xmas sweaters!

Location: 430 Woodburn Road

Hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 8:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

#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 Fall Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping and dining 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 Zach Stamey for assisting with photography.